14 June 2007

13 Scottish Myths and Legends

Thirteen Scottish Myths and Legends

1. Black Donald - the devil - who cannot disguise his cloven feet.
2. Boobrie - water-bird of the Scottish Highlands.
3. Brownie - good-natured, invisible brown elves or household goblins. The younger version of the "Girl Guides" in Britain at least, are called "Brownies" for that very reason!
4. Clootie - another Scottish name for the Devil. The name comes from cloot, meaning one division of a cleft hoof.
5. Fachan - one leg, one arm and one eye.
6. Fionn - Scottish/Pictish magician, warrior and poet.
7. Ghillie Dhu - a solitary Scottish elf.
8. Kelpie - a water devil.
9. Lothian - Lothian traditionally takes its name from King Lot and father of Mordred.
10. Monster of Loch Ness - mythical? Surely not.... First seen by St Columba in 565 a.d.
11. Red Cap - lives on the Scottish Border in ancient ruins of castles.
12. Scotia - a goddess but frequently portrayed as an old hag!
13. Selkie - a marine creature in the shape of a seal.
14. Shellycoat - a Scottish bogeyman who haunts the rivers and streams. He is covered with shells, which rattle when he moves.
15. Sidhe the Gaelic name for fairies in both Ireland and the Highlands of Scotland.

Okay, so there's 15. Sue me. :)

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Wylie Kinson said...

Very cool list. Wish I knew this stuff when I visited Scotland.
I was a Brownie (as they're also called in Canada) as a kid and had NO idea why/where the name came from - so thanks!!

Crimson Wife said...

Interesting list, thanks for sharing!

Carolan Ivey said...

I was a Brownie, too, Wylie! :)

Michelle Pillow said...

Very Cool list!


Kimo & Sabi said...

Our Mommakitty's an "Outlander" fan - how about you?

Robin said...

Great list! Happy TT.

Nicholas said...

I'd love to believe that Nessie was real, but I don't. However, just in case she is real, she is protected by law, so morons with spear guns and harpoons can't go after her.

Cat is my copilot said...

Very interesting--what a great read. Inspiring, too (it's got me thinking along more original lines for my own thirteens in the future!).

I am already formulating the list of folks I plan to direct to your blog!

Happy Thursday, Happy Flag Day!

Lara Croft said...

A new list of things to investigate! Great info - have a great day! LC

sobeit said...

Neat list...I always like to learn things when reading TTs!


N.J.Walters said...

Very cool list!

Christine said...

I was a Brownie, and now so are my daughters! A visit to Scotland is high on my list of things I need to do. Great list!

Alasandra said...

I love myths and legends thanks for an interesting TT. Mine is up.

Carolan Ivey said...

Thanks for your nice comments, everyone! Kimo/Sabi, I love "Outlander" and had the pleasure of meeting Diana Gabaldon at a conference a few years ago. Nice lady, and very interesting to talk to!

Mechele Armstrong said...

What a great list!

Starrlight said...

The fairy I have tattoo'd on my shoulder was called Sidhe by the artist who drew her. Fun list!

Gattina said...

I wish I could see the monster of Loch Ness ! I would certainly become famous !

PeterC said...

I gotta show this list to the wife. TT for now. :)

Chris said...

Great list! Happy TT, mine is up at http://emeraldcityguy.wordpress.com/2007/06/14/thursday-13-4-things-i-hate/

Danielle said...

What a treasure trove of mythology one of my many interests.

Thank you for sharing.

Be well and enjoy the day

Lesley said...

What a fun list! I love mythology, and I don't know enough about Scottish myths. I should really do some research. That's where a big branch of my family comes from.

Nicole North said...

Wonderful list! I am writing about a couple of these myths at the moment. I love the paranormal.

pussreboots said...

Great list. Young girl scouts in the States are also called Brownies but I don't know if it is for the same reason. Happy TT.

Queen of Wands said...

I first learned of selkies when I watched Roan Inish. :-) Great stories!

spyscribbler said...

Hey, I love the picture from your Wordless Wednesday post! He makes me drool every time.

Your Thursday Thirteen is a list to inspire a multitude of story ideas! So cool!

Happy TT!

Mymsie said...

Creepy & fun!

TJ Michaels said...

Hey, these are pretty cool. And thanks for putting the links on, too. :D


Carolan Ivey said...

queen, I LOVE Roan Inish! I have the soundtrack on CD, too. :)

Thanks everyone for visiting my TT today - I'm sorry I haven't had a lot of time today to reciprocate, as I'm packing to leave town for a week at my parents' house in NC. I'll try to visit everyone's blogs during the week!

TinaGerow said...

What a great list! Thanks :)

Tina Gerow

Tink said...

Great list! Very interesting, thanks for sharing!