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Story entitled 'Cat Taobh', 5 December 1884

Identifier: Coll-97/CW120/272

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Story entitled 'Cat Taobh' [Cataibh or Sutherland] collected from Angus MacPhail, Breascleit, Carlobhagh, Lews [Breasclate, Carlabhagh/Carloway, Eilean Leòdhais/Lewis] at Dr Morrison's house, Grassmarket, Edinburgh [Dùn Èideann] in which a sailor lands on foreign soil and meets a king who is guarded on either side by soldiers who have their swords drawn to kill rats. The sailor says that his cat will keep rats and mice away and so he brings one ashore and on seeing that he was telling the truth, the king bought the cat 'Cat-aobh'. The story goes on that there is hardly a house or shop in Sutherland which does not have a black cat above its door. MacPhail finishes his story saying he has seen '100 houses of the evicted crofters [deleted: houses] with their couples and rafters still standing as monuments of the cruelties perpetrated upon them. Strathnaver.'


  • Creation: 5 December 1884

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 1 notebook ; 17.5 x 10.8 cm