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Found in 49 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Story collected at Gramsdall [Gramasdail/Gramsdale, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula] about Coinneach Odhar [The Brahan Seer] telling how following a dream he had, he got his powers of prophesy from a stone in a box he had found on the strand. Later he threw the stone into a loch near Loch Ness and it was said that when the stone is recovered all his prophesies will come true. The story also lists several of Coinneach Odhar's prophesies relating to Uist and Barra including the presence of grey geese...
Dates: 3 January 1872
Scope and Contents Story about Mac a Chreachain probably collected from Roderick MacNeil, aged 88, crofter, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay. In it Mac a' Chreachain prophesies that Ciosmaol [Caisteal Chiosmuil/Kisimul Castle, Barraigh/Isle of Barra] will be 'na garrai beiste dugh' [a cave for a black beast] and is sent to Maol donaich [Maol Dòmhnaich] as a punishment. He threw a stone into the sea and later caught a fish which had swallowed the same stone. He predicted that Barrai [Barraigh/Isle of Barra] would be full of...
Scope and Contents Story about the 'bean chaol chota uaine' [thin [fairy] woman in the green coat] collected in Uibhist a Deas/South Uist telling how two men were working in a field near the fairy hill and began to feel thirsty. One of them said they wished they could have a drink of what the woman was drinking. She offered the drink to him but he refused and she said '...galar an te chuir a chìr Chiad-aoine na ceann orst', essentially saying that whoever asked for her drink but would not accept it would be...
Dates: September 1872
Story about the custom of throwing a ball of thread into a kiln to find out the name of one's husband, c1870
Scope and Contents Story about the custom of throwing a ball of thread into a kiln at night to find out the name of one's husband. On one occasion, young men got into the kiln without the young women knowing. As each girl threw her ball of thread into kiln asking 'Co sid shuas air ceann mo ropain?' [Who is at the end of my thread?] a young man would put on a false voice and give her the answer she wanted to hear. When the third girl asked, the young man joked that he was the devil 'come to take you away for...
Scope and Contents Story about men who were disputing where to mark a march between Barra [Barraigh] and South Uist [Uibhist a Deas] and saw a man standing at Airi Mhic Cuanain at Cairval [À irigh Mhic Cuanain, -] so put the march there. The man was often seen there and sometimes told of the future.
Dates: 8 May 1877
Scope and Contents Story about the prophecy of a young man's death probably collected on Barraigh/Isle of Barra. The young man and his father were out on the hill when a little old man met them. He said that within a year the young man would have 'am foid tha fo chas na cluasaig fo chean' [the sod under his feet as a pillow for his head] and disappeared. The father cut the sod that was beneath his son's feet and threw it out to sea. In the summer, the son was swimming with friends in the sea at Airdbhuridh...
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...
Scope and Contents Story written down by John Ewen MacRury entitled 'A Sealladh mu dheireadh a Roca-Barraidh' [The last sighting of Rocabarraigh] telling how the island of Rocabarraigh was seen many years after it sank after it had been prophesied by an old man. The old man's family thought he had died but managed to rouse him and he told them what he had seen. In his vision he had wrestled with a man from Rocabarraigh, who threatened to sink Barraigh/Barra, whereupon every sort of fish would wash up on the shore...
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'A Skye Phrophecy' (sic) [A Skye Prophecy] which reads 'Cha tig mac an deigh an athair gus an till/tig Mac thasgail a rist ann (to Ebost where Macasgail was murdered by Mac ic Thormaid of Gesto.' [Geusdo, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye]
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'An t Each Uisge' ['The Water-Horse'] collected from Manus Mac Neacail [Magnus Nicolson], Carbost [Càrabost, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye]. The story tells how a woman in Uisgegeir or Aoidhsgeir [possibly Theisgeir/Heisker] had a prophesy in which a calf born in Uibhist/Uist would save the island from a water-horse. Two MacKenzies would be sitting on a hill and would see two crows, one of which would drop a bone, which would hit one of them on the head and they would die....
Dates: 28 February 1861