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Found in 22 Collections and/or Records:

Field notebook of Alexander Carmichael, 1874, 1877 and 1891

Identifier: Coll-97/CW108
Scope and Contents Notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael containing songs, poems, tales, names, vocabulary and expressions collected in the Outer Hebrides [Na h-Eileanan an Iar]. The first part of the volume contains transcriptions taken as Carmichael listened to informants in 1877 while the second part appears to be copies of previous transcriptions of material collected by Carmichael and Rev Malcolm MacPhail in 1874 and written into the notebook in 1891. Amongst the material is a version of the lament...

Story about a fairy hill, 6 May 1874

Identifier: Coll-97/CW108/132
Scope and Contents Story collected from Iain MacLeod, crofter, Bhaltos [Bhaltos/Valtos, Eilean Leòdhais /Isle of Lewis] about a delicate man from Bearnaraidh Bheag [Bearnaraigh Bheag/Little Bernera, Eilean Leòdhais /Isle of Lewis] called Lachlan mac Iain 'ic Tharmaid 'ic Aonghais Mhòir. A man met the fairies and spoke to them in many languages but the one they understood was Gaelic. The man asked if Lachlan was theirs and the fairies said that he was and took him into the fairy hill.

Story about fairy hills, 1891

Identifier: Coll-97/CW108/140
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Sithichean Cnoc Na Connlaich' about a man who when passing between two hills in the middle of the night while carrying straw hears a voice calling him from one hill telling him to leave the fodder and a voice from the other hill telling him not to, 'A mhic Dhomhaill Ghlais cha'n fhag tu am fodar am fad agus a bhitheas uiread leat agus a tha na d'aghaidh agus fear/duine a bharrachd!' [Son of Gray Donald, don't leave the straw so long as there are as many for you as there are...

Story about the fate of Angus MacAulay, Lewis, 1874 and 1891

Identifier: Coll-97/CW108/153
Scope and Contents Story about Angus MacAulay from the Isle of Lewis [Eilean Leòdhais ] who was called up to fight under the Duke of Montrose but who was sent back to look after the womenfolk at home. He did not want to go because he 'had a thorough shrew for his wife'. His wife met him at a place called 'Clach Aonais' reproached him and so he turned around and immediately went back to the fighting. He was killed at the Battle of Auldearn [9 May 1645].

Story antitled 'Daoine Sith-Sithichean' about fairies [sithean] and children, 6 May 1874

Identifier: Coll-97/CW108/131
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Daoine Sith-Sithichean' collected from Iain MacLeod, crofter, Bhaltos [Bhaltos/Valtos, Eilean Leòdhais /Isle of Lewis] in which the fairies have stolen a child and left a changeling in its place. The changeling is left at the boundary between two townships and the fairies then replace it with the real child. Iain MacLeòid [John MacLeod] saw this being done.

Story entitled 'A Bhean Nighe' about a fairy washer-woman, 1891

Identifier: Coll-97/CW108/146
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'A Bhean Nighe' about a washer-woman encountered at Lochan Dubh na Beinne by Iain Bàn Tàillear. He seizes her by her left hand and demands wealth which she grants but asks why he did not ask for children his response to which is to ask for them too but she says no and that he will never have an heir. Everything happens as the washer-woman predicted. He asks what she is washing and she tells him that she is washing the shirts of people who will drown this year in North Tolsta...

Story entitled 'A Mhaighdean Mhara' about a mermaid in Shawbost, 1891

Identifier: Coll-97/CW108/144
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'A Mhaighdean Mhara' about a mermaid who followed sea-cattle ashore at Siabost [Shawbost, Eilean Leòdhais /Isle of Lewis]. It was customary for them to sprinkle urine between the sea-cattle and the shore, to stop them from returning to the sea. The sea-cattle were taken to a farm nearby and the mermaid followed. On observing the woman of the farm cleanning fish she said, 'Nigh[e] is glan gu math an t-iasg, Is ioma biasd a tha 's a mhuir', [Wash and clean well the fish, there is...

Story entitled 'A Phiob Shith' about fairy music, 1891

Identifier: Coll-97/CW108/135
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'A Phiob Shith' which tells of lively piping songs which can often be heard coming from fairy hills, one of which is given, beginning 'Am faic thu Nic dhuinn leis a chrodh laoigh'.

Story entitled 'Airidh Mhuthair' about water-horses murdering young women, 1874 and 1891

Identifier: Coll-97/CW108/149
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Airidh Mhuthair' [Àirigh Mhuthair] in which three girls are staying on Airidh Mhuthair when three water-horses dressed as three handsome men join them. In the dead of night, two of the water-horses kill two of the girls. The third girl runs away and is pursued by the third water-horse who curses her in verse, the curse beginning, 'Cha b'e an airi shubhach, Ach an airi dhudbhach dheurach'. Carmichael notes, writing in landscape, that the girl got away because she was fleet of...

Story entitled 'Airidh Neill' about a water-horse at Airidh Neill and Neill's dogs, 1874 and 1891

Identifier: Coll-97/CW108/151
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Airidh Neill' about a water-horse which arrives at Airidh Neill nam Beann [Àirigh Nèill] nam Beann disguised as a woman. The dog senses it is a water-horse and begins to snarl. The water-horse asks Niall to tie up his dogs but Niall refuses. He throws the water-horse some meat, which it eats in one go. Eventually the dog is let out and is unharmed but when the bitch is let out it kills the water-horse and the water-horse turns into a big white mare on the shore. Niall tied his...