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Father Andrew MacDonell, M.B.E., M.C., O.S.B.
On
his brief visit to Father Andrew MacDonell (1870–1960), Calum Maclean recorded
a lengthy anecdote about the Beast
of Barrisdale . It is a great pity that Maclean did not seem to have another
opportunity to record more from the retired priest and former B...

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The Most Powerful Witch of All: Great Gormula of Moy
Witchcraft in all its
multifarious forms still has the ability to lure and intrigue. Of all the
witches in the Highlands and Islands, Gormshùil Mhòr na Maighe (Great Gormula
of Moy) from Lochaber is the most famous and consequently has become the
subject of...

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Corriechoillie: John Cameron, Lochaber Drover
Dealing in livestock was a mainstay of the
Highland economy, particularly during the nineteenth century, and there can be
little doubt that the most famous drover of them all was Corriechoillie
(sometimes Corrychoillie), the nickname of John Cameron after h...

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Lion Hunter: Roualeyn George Gordon-Cumming
An anecdote recorded
and later transcribed by Calum Maclean on 29 May 1951 from John
MacDonald of Highbridge reveals a rather
amusing explanation behind the name of a man who became something a celebrity
in the Highlands as well as beyond. It is an understa...

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International Celtic Folklore Conference, 1953
The wind-swept town
of Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, hosted an international conference on Celtic Folklore
in October 1953, attracting delegates from seventeen different institutions and
from twelve countries. As would be expected, Scotland’s universities were ...

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An Dubh-Ghleannach: The Dark Lady of the Glen
Of all the boats, vessels
or ships that sailed the high seas around the coasts of the Highlands and Islands
perhaps none are quite so famous as An
Dubh-Ghleannach . Not a few traditions were preserved about her and about
the poet, Alasdair
MacKinnon , who c...

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I, Me and Myself
A familiar tale, perhaps, wh ich
is at least as old as Homer’ s Odyssey , is a story of Polyphemus , or the Blinded Ogre , in which the hero uses a cunning ploy and manages to
escape by assuming an ambiguous name such as No-one or Noman . With a
wide geogra...

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The Ring of Polycrates
It would have no
doubt come as a bit of a surprise to John
MacDonald of Highbridge , Brae Lochaber, if he was told, that after
recounting a story he knew as ‘Am Fàinne anns an Iasg’ (‘The Ring in the
Fish’), its origins in all likelihood were to be found in...
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