THE dreamy summer in the Western Isles which furnished
the notes for the following pages, was immediately succeeded by a
prolonged spell of most delightful wanderings in the Himalayas.
this,my first journey to the Far East,my attention was forcibly arrested
by many very striking analogies between many of the customs and legends of
Western Islanders, and those of Eastern Highlanders.
suggested such a multitude of unaccountable links between various
semi-obsolete customs in Christian lands of the West (which are
undoubtedly survivals of ancient pagan practice), and those which form
part of the daily religious life in Eastern lands,that my volumes
attained dimensions somewhat forbidding to general readers.
therefore deemed it expedient to select such notes of my summer in the
Hebrides, as appear to me to possess most general interest, omitting all
These notes I now offer to all my kindred-wanderers on
our own romantic Western shores and Isles, trusting that they may therein
find some suggestions which may add interest to their own summer rambles.
C. F. GORDON CUMMING.
I The Mull of
CantyreCampbelton--The Scot-Dairiads--Kil-Kerran - Churches of early
Saints--St. Colomba in Cantyre at Kil-Coim-Keil-The OceanCantyre's Dairy
FarmsThe Monastery of SaddeilLegend of DunavertyKil-CouslandSt.
Couslan's WeddingsKilKerranSt. Coivin's DivorcesMacnahanish
From Campbelton to Oban - Isles of Gigah and IslayMeaning of TarbertLegend
of the Whirlpool Isles of Elachnave, Oronsay, and ColonsayObanDunollyDunstaffnage
Seals Old TombsWhite StonesA Lake VillageSerpent-shaped MoundAmerican and other
Reptile-shaped Mounds Gaelic Serpent Lore.
IslesThe Druid's Holy IsleBrighit, the Fire GoddessTraces of Pagan
CustomsThe 360 CrossesRude Stone Monuments-360 Sacred Stones at
MeccaBlack StonesMagic CrystalsSolar Turns St. ColumbaHis WorkHis
DeathTonsureBook of Battles Jacob's PillowThe Reilig OrainThe
NunneryMassacre of the MonksThe RuinsThe InnJackdawsHill of DuniiDruidic
CircleThe Bay of the BoatPagan Baptism.
IV The Inner Hebrides -
StaffaFrom Oban to SkyeLismoreMullLegend of Castle Duart Legend of
LochbuyLegend of Loch AweIsle of CannaSt. Michael's EveHow observed in
BarraNordereys and Sudereys of MuckWild Boar of
ScotlandWolvesBeaversIsle of RumScuir of EiggProud Lords of the
IslesThe Isle of Mists.
Quiraing - UigA Terrible "Spate "Gaelic ChurchesForms of
WorshipIsland HomesTimberThe Famine of 1883Primitive Agricultural
ImplementsNo FrostDr. JohnsonLegend of Castle TfstianGlens of the
Conan and of the RahThe QuiraingMonkstadt-----Duntulm MidgesA great
VI Afloat - A Music-RoomDuntulm
CastleFladda of the OceanHoly Stones - Schioch
Maddie CaveLegend of McOrimmonWater Kelpies - BrowniesLegends---The Kilt
RockMarine ForestsFlat-fishesti Basaltic CoastThe Storr RockThe
Ross-shire CoastLegends of St. MalrubaSacrifices of CattleThe
Need-Fire--Start for the Herring FishingStormsKing Haco's Fleet.
VII Modern Chips of the Old Blocks -
Holy Wells in the Hebrides and in the highlandsProhibitory
Statutes Wells for the Cure of InsanityPilgrims' BagsTraces of Sun and
Fire Worship - Four great Festivals - Beltane - Midsummer in
Ireland, Isle of Man, StonehengeHallow-e'enAll SoulsYuleChristmasThe
Burning of the ClavieDread of giving or taking FireFestivals in the
Pyrenees, the Alps, the Baltic, in Paris, in Edinburgh and London - Traces
of Moon Worship - An Owl's Question.
Footprints of the Past - Lonely ChapelsBlended FaithsSunwise TurnsEast
and West Divination by Smoke--Touch of a Seventh SonThe Royal Touch, a
Cure for ScrofulaBurial of a Living Cock for EpilepsyLegends of Isle
RaasayOf Wild DeerOf buying a GaleWitchcraft--Drawing the TetherA
Milk Charm from the Isle of UistAncient and Modern WitchesThe Evil
EyeMaking Images to injure a NeighbourCatsBelief in Transmigration The
Luck of leaving a House unsweptlll-Luck of succeeding an Ejected Tenant.
The Outer Hebrides - The Long IslandStart for HarrisSt Clement's
Cathedral Tarbert Handmills - The Thamis - Fincastle - Stornoway Loch
Maddy MarketNorth UistMacharsShell-fish and LobstersFords -
DriftwoodCornish Blessings - Benbecula -South Uist - Dismal HomesWild
FowlBarraKisimul CastleEriskayWreckeraSouth Bernera LighthouseMingalay.
St. Kilda - The Sea-Fowl's KingdomPrecious Fulmar Population Means of
LivingAccounts by Martin, Kenneth Macaulay, and Dr. Macculloch Infant
MortalityMysterious Colds" No English "A Life of Exile - High Morality
Primitive Customs - Traces of Heathen WorshipRvages of Small-poxLack of
XII Legends and Folk-Lore -
Tidal Current off VaternishScotch BagpipesAssociationsDunvegan
CastleLegend of SomerledMacLeods and MacDonaldsAncestral RelicsFate of
Lady GrangeSummer NightsSealsCormorants Star-Fish--Fish accounted fit
for FoodEelsTurbot--Of Scaleless FishForbidden MeatsDrawing the
GeeseFamilies who claim Descent from Seal-Maidens or MermenCorn-crakes.
on the Waters - Grey RainPortree HarbourBecalmedWhistling for a
WindOil on the WatersSt. Kilda PuddingsShetland Cods' LiversOily Fish
Fishermen of many Lands Wrecks averted by use of Oil Mr. Shields at
PeterheadApplication of Oil to Life-buoysWreck Register.
XIV Farewell to the Isles -
Three Weeks alone in the Rock WildernessA Family of "Haavelings"
YachtsmenSligachan InnThe OuchullinsDivers Tourists Loch CorruiskA
Good Day's Deer StalkingOld Boar HuntA Whale Ashore"Blocs Perchis"Giant Fossils on Isle of Eigg
- Legends of Clan FightsThe Grave of a
Viking's DaughterOld Churchyards of Snizort, Nigg, &c.Of Funeral
FeastsThe Skye Railway foreseen by Local SeersDrive vid Balniacarra and
Loch Aish to Shiel - House InnEileen Donan
CastleGlen QuoichFort AugustusCastle Urquhart.
Summer in the Hebrides Frances Murray's Sketches in Colonsay and
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