Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland: Collected Entirely from Oral Sources

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J. Maclehose & Sons, 1900 - Folklore - 318 pages
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Page 198 - ... families in the Highlands had one of the order attached to it. They were supposed to be dispersed over the Highlands, each in his own wild recess, but the solemn stated meetings of the order were regularly held in this Cave of Benvenue.
Page 312 - But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.
Page 129 - O'Cronicert caught her, and she asked him to let her go, and he said there would be no separation in life between them. " Well," said she, " before I go with you, you must come under three conditions to me " ; and he promised to come under the conditions.
Page 129 - They reached the old tumble-down black house, and the wife he had left there was a faggot-bundle of bones in a pool of raindrip in the middle of the floor. They cut grass in clefts and ledges of the rocks, and made a bed, and laid down. O'Cronicert's wakening from sleep was the lowing of cattle and the bleating of sheep, and the neighing of mares, while he himself was in a bed of gold on wheels of silver, going from end to end of the Tower of Castle Town, the finest eye had seen from the beginning...
Page 131 - O'Cronicert went to the change house to bid the party good-bye, and it was then Murdoch MacBrian remembered he had left his own foster-brother, Keyn the son of Loy, behind, and said there would be no separation in life between them, and he would go back for him. He found Keyn in the old tumble-down black house, in the middle of the floor in a pool of rain water, with his leg broken ; and he said the earth would make a nest in his sole, and the sky a nest in his head, if he did not find a man who...
Page 131 - and gave him a kick, and broke his leg. She took with her the Tower of Castle Town as an armful on her shoulders and a light burden on her back, and left him in the old tumble-down black house in a pool of rain-drip in the middle of the floor.
Page 230 - When putting a straw rope on a house or corn -stack, if the assistant went tuaitheal (ie against the course of the sun), the old man was ready to come down and thrash him. On coming to a house the visitor should go round...
Page 229 - _Deiseal_ (ie the right-hand turn) for everything,' and consists in doing all things with a motion corresponding to the course of the sun, or from left to right. This is the manner in which screw-nails are driven, and is common with many for no reason but its convenience. Old men in the Highlands were very particular about it. The coffin was taken...
Page 243 - ... behind the rest. The fear entertained was that of having the ' famine of the farm ' (gort a bhaile), in the shape of an imaginary old woman (cailleach), to feed till next harvest. Much emulation and amusement arose from the fear of this old woman. . . . The first done made a doll of some blades of com, which was called the ' old wife,' and sent it to his nearest neighbour.
Page 128 - It is certain," said the King, " it must te some bad thing or other ; you had better tell it, that I may let you away." " It is," he said, " the lap-dog (meas&n) that is out and in after the Queen, that I wish for ;" and the King gave him permission to take it with him. He took the lap-dog, leapt on the back of the old lame white horse, and went off at speed, without one look at the herd, through wood, and through moss, and through rugged ground. After he had gone some distance through the wood,...

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