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The Cruel Brother

The Cruel Brother At the end of the celebration, her brother John hoisted her up on her horse, and said: “You are high and I

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Will-o’-the-wisp

Will-o’-the-wisp In Scottish folklore, will-o’-the-wisps are variously depicted either as mischievous spirits (typically fairies), or even the ghosts of the dead, eager to lead travellers

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Am Fear Liath Mòr

Am Fear Liath Mòr The Big Grey Man is alleged to be ten feet tall and extremely thin, with long limbs and dark hair. The

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Maggy Moulach

Maggy Moulach Maggy, standing at barely two feet tall, and sporting a great head of hair – or hairy hands – is most often associated

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Cù-Sìth 

Cù-Sìth Not only was the Cù-Sìth terrifying, it was also believed to be a harbinger of death. Unlike the Cat-Sith, who could only snatch the

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Cat-Sìth

Cat Sìth The Cat-Sìth is, perhaps, the most unusual fairy in all of Scottish folklore. The Cat-Sìth, found both in Scottish and Irish mythology, is

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Selkies

Selkies Selkies are a shape-shifting magical creature, found all over Scotland, Ireland, and Iceland. Selkies typically wore the hide of a seal, which allowed them

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The Banshee

The Banshee Banshees exist primarily in Scottish and Irish folklore, but a counterpart can also be found in Welsh mythology – and they are women

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Jane of George Street

Jane of George Street It wasn’t just her figure that rendered her unusual. Her clothes, while regal and well-kept, were incredibly out of date. By

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Kelpies

Kelpies Typically residing near water, and taking the form of a black horse, the kelpie would lure travellers to their death. Words by Liana Paraschaki,

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The Boghall Brownie

The Boghall Brownie To leave my old haunts, oh my heart it is sair, But the wife gae me blankets – she’ll see me nae

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The Mermaid Wife

The Mermaid Wife She begged and begged and begged the Shetlander to give her back her skin. But the man, stunned by her beauty and

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The Legend of Cora Linn

The Legend of Cora Linn “There cannot be a scene more romantic than this.” By Kevin Robertson-Damer Thirty kilometres south of Glasgow, near the UNESCO

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The Wee Bannock

The Wee Bannock It ran and ran, until it came across another large cottage that had just been newly thatched, and seeing the door open,

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The Witch of Fife

The Witch of Fife Here, all the Elves, Faeries, and Mermaids of the North were celebrating with Warlocks, Brownies, Pixies, and even the Phantom Hunters,

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The Milk White Doo

The Milk White Doo Pew, pew, My minny me slew, My daddy me chew, My sister gathered my banes, And put them between twa milk-white

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Sir James the Rose

Sir James the Rose If you visit Crail, take a walk along South Marketgate, past The Golf Hotel along to the Parish Kirk where you’ll

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The Red Etin

The Red Etin His mother said she would make him a cake for his journey and sent him off with a bucket to fetch some

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The Watershed Battle

The Watershed Battle an epic battle ensued between these two great giants upon Rannoch Moor: the watershed of Central Scotland…. By David White Thousands of

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Tam O’Shanter

Tam O’Shanter She tauld thee weel thou was a skellum,  A blethering, blustering, drunken blellum By David White & Robert Burns Tam O’Shanter is perhaps

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Earl Beardie and Auld Nick

Earl Beardie and Auld Nick One cold Saturday night, Earl Beardie was playing cards with a friend in Glamis Castle. Deep in the castle, sheltered

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The Nuckelavee

The Nuckelavee The terrifying Nuckelavee wasn’t just hairless, but completely skinless as well. Tammas watched as the red-raw flesh writhed….. By Graeme Johncock There are

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The De’il of Ardrossan

The De’il of Ardrossan If you walk along the sand from Ardrossan South Beach and glance eastward, you will see the red ruin of Ardrossan

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The Vengeful Mermaid

The Vengeful Mermaid “Ye may think on your cradle- I’ll think on my stane, An’ there’ll never be an heir to Knockdolion again”. By Taylor

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Gold-tree and Silver-tree

Gold-tree and Silver-tree Silver-tree went home and begged the king to ready his long ship, saying it had been too long since she had seen

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The Dream Makers

The Dream Makers The girl carried on with her work, learning more all the time. Every day it was the same and every night the

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The Thunder Hag

Conall and The Thunder Hag One day during the height of summer, the Thunder Hag came to Scotland in a black chariot drawn by ferocious

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Rashiecoats

Rashiecoats Now more downcast than ever, the Princess returned to the henwife once more, and the henwife said “this time, ask yer faither fur a

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Whuppity Stoorie

Whuppity Stoorie “Pitter patter, Haly Watter.” Then from her pocket she drew a small bottle with something oily inside it and daubed the liquid around

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Martin and the Dragon

Martin and the Dragon “Tempted at Pitempton, Draigled at Baldragon, Stricken at Strathmartin, And kill’d at Martin’s Stane.” By Rebecca Brown The City of Dundee

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Angus and Bride

Bride, Angus and the Cailleach And so winter gave way to spring, and then summer and autumn as Angus and Bride continued to rule, only

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The Baobhan Sith

The Baobhan Sith Before long, the women were singing an enchanting song and the hunters needed no more invitation to dance. They all seemed completely

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Samhain

Samhain While the supermarket shelves are stocked with plastic scythes and witches hats, this time of year meant something much different to our ancestors. By

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The Headless Drummer Boy

The Headless Drummer Boy …round and round and round, rat-tat-tatting on his drum. On closer inspection, frightened castle servants would observe that the unknown young

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The Gorbals Vampire

The Gorbals Vampire After school, hundreds of children of all ages armed themselves with blades and crosses, stakes and dogs and descended upon the city’s

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Bruce and the Spider

Bruce and the Spider If at first, you don’t succeed: try, try, try again.  By Rebecca Brown The tale of Bruce and the Spider is

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The Kelpie of Loch Ness

The Kelpie of Loch Ness Macgrigor drew his hefty claymore and struck the Kelpie’s nose. The Kelpie yelped in fright and rushed backwards… Words by

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The Worm of Linton

The Worm of Linton Upon arriving at what Sommerville took to be the lair of the beast he….. By David White The Worm of Linton

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The Frog Prince

The Frog Prince “Deep in the woods, there is a well. They say that the water from the well is sourced from a prince’s blood,

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The Brownie’s Coat

The Brownie’s Coat He leapt off the horse outside the house of the mid-wife and banged upon her door. Upon answering the mid-wife…. Words by

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First Footing

Scotland’s first-footing Tradition Tradition asks for a very particular type of first-footer: dark haired men are preferred. By Rebecca Brown Scotland claims many traditions around

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The Kelpie’s Chimney

The Kelpie’s Chimney A legend, still told around Scottish fires to this day although the origin is lost in time, speaks of a Kelpie which

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Thomas the Rhymer

Thomas the Rhymer He leapt off the horse outside the house of the mid-wife and banged upon her door. Upon answering the mid-wife…. By Charles

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The Witch of Laggan

The Witch of Laggan As the hunter sat listening to the howling storm as it whistled by, there entered at the door an apparently poor

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Taken by the Fair Folk

Taken by the Fair Folk Her husband, one evening after sunset, while riding in his own field, heard a most pleasant concert of music, and

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The Brownie’s Coat

The Brownie’s Coat (early text) This an older and briefer text depicting the tale of the Border brownie. Good for  those looking for less of

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The Sprightly Tailor

The Sprightly Tailor A sprightly tailor was employed by the great Macdonald, in his castle at Saddell, in order to make the laird a pair

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Crail's Bluestane, Bluestone Folklore

Bluestane

The Story of Crail’s Bluestane If you visit Crail, take a walk along South Marketgate, past The Golf Hotel along to the Parish Kirk where

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