Scottish Texts

Scottish Texts

The west coast of Scotland is one the areas of the British Isles that is considered to be 'Celtic' (a people who share a common identity & culture and are identified with a traditional territory - not synonymous with a 'sovereign state').

The wealth of folk-lore & tales, recorded oral traditions and beliefs from 'old sources' is an invaluable record from our ancestors who inhabited this corner of the British Isles. 

Wonder Tales From Scottish Myth And Legend consists of sixteen tales from the legends and myths of Scotland. Stories include Beira, Queen Of Winter, The Coming Of Angus And Bride, A Vision Of The Dead, The Princess Of Land-Under-Waves, Exiles From Fairyland, and The Land Of Green Mountains.

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This is a collection of Scottish folklore which will appeal to all ages. There are animal tales, stories of the fairies of Scotland including Brownies, Bogles, Kelpies, Mermaids and others, comic tales, literary tales, and tales of Witches and of Giants. While many of the themes are similar to other European folk-tales, this collection emphasizes specifically Scottish aspects of the stories.

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This is one of the most sought after and enigmatic texts about Celtic fairies. Written by a Scottish clergyman, Robert Kirk, in 1691, and not committed to print until the early 19th century, The Secret Commonwealth is an unusually sympathetic account of the denizens of fairyland, and a complex of still mysterious extrasensory phenomena including poltergeists, clairvoyance and doppelgangers (here called 'co-walkers').

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A tenth century illuminated manuscript from North East Scotland. As the only pre-Norman manuscript from this area known as “former Pictland” it provides us with a unique insight into the early church, culture and society of this period. Amid the Latin text and the Celtic illuminations there can be found the oldest pieces of Gaelic writing to have survived from early Medieval Scotland

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Folk tales and fairy lore in Gaelic and English collected from oral tradition.

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Hymns and Incantations with illustrative notes on Words, Rites and Customs, dying and obsolete, orally collected in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and translated into English by Alexander Carmichael. (1928)
This work consists of old lore collected during the last forty-four years. It forms a small part of a large mass of oral literature written down from the recital of men and women throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, from Arran to Caithness, from Perth to St. Kilda.
There is an excellent introduction including a number of wee stories.  The book then goes on to list the variety of Gaelic stories on the left hand page with the English translation on the right.

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