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Popular Superstitions of the Highlands
By W Grant Stewart (1823)

To The Honourable Lady Anne Margaret Grant of Grant.


It is with sincere feelings of diffidence that the writer of the following little Sketches ventures, in this manner, to place his imperfect performance under the Patronage of pour Ladyship’s name. Faulty, however, as his gleanings may be, in a literary point of view, they may perhaps, nevertheless, afford an hour’s agreeable pastime to those amiable and benevolent characters, whose hearts, however much elevated in station above the sphere of the humble cottage, yet love to study and contemplate the romantic feelings and primitive manners of its lowly inhabitants. From the ancient and venerable Castle of your Forefathers, your eye can behold many a neat and comfortable cottage, around the hearth of which the little stories recorded in the following pages are often told; and those lively scenes of innocent amusements attempted to be portrayed, are occasionally acted. To the Family of GRANT, those scenes of rural conviviality amongst their dependants must be particularly interesting, if they know how much the mention of their names, and the praise of their virtues, are blended with their celebration.

It is true, Madam, the external chivalry of Feudal Clanship has now almost wholly decayed with the interesting institution which gave rise to it. But there is still a magic chain of connections existing betwixt the Chief of GRANT and his Clan, which all the laws of Legislation, and all the revolutions of time, shall never be able to dissolve;—a chain originally forged, and daily riveted, by paternal acts of generosity on the part of the Chief and unbounded attachment on the part of the Clan. Of this inviolable attachment, the sons of the Spey, on a late occasion, peculiarly momentous to your Ladyship and an amiable Sister, exhibited a memorable proof to the world.

That your Ladyship may be long spared to exercise those rare virtues of heart, which so eminently distinguished your much revered Parents, and which are so happily inherited by their illustrious Offspring, shall always be the sincere prayer of

Your Ladyship’s

Most devoted, humble Servant,


Congash, Strathspey,
December, 1822.


Also added a wee chapter about Leprechauns

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