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Note about Captain Forrest and witches, 27 September 1883

Identifier: Coll-97/CW120/158

Scope and Contents

Note probably collected from Donald MacColl, foxhunter, Glencreran, Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire, about Captain Forrest, that he came from Spain [with the Spanish Armada] and had to swim across to Cru an eich [The Horse Shoe/Cru an Eich, Cearrara/Kerrera, Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire]. The note also mentions witches in Mull [Am Muile/Isle of Mull] that it was the 'chief place' for witches and that Calum Cille [St Columba] said 'Bi pairt am Muile dhiu fhad sa bhios bo dhu na bhreac ann' and the witches took on the likeness of mice.


  • 27 September 1883

Language of Materials


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From the Series: 1 notebook ; 17.5 x 10.8 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 43v, line 21 to folio 44r, line 8


Bruford, Alan, 'Scottish Gaelic Witch Stories: A Provisional Type-List', Scottish Studies, vol 11, part 1 (1967), pp. 13-47.
Cameron, Isabel A Highland Chapbook (Stirling, 1928).
Campbell, (Lord) Archibald, Records of Argyll: Legends, Traditions, and Recollections of Argyllshire Highlanders, (Edinburgh; London: W Blackwood & Sons, 1885).
Ferguson, Malcolm, 'The Spanish Princess (A Legend of Mull)', The Celtic Monthly, vol III, no 5, (February 1895), pp 91-93.

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