Bàs na Cailliche Bèire.

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Title - Bàs na Cailliche Bèire.
Contributors - Captain Dugald MacCormick
Reporters - Calum Iain Maclean
Item Person - A' Chailleach Bheur

Summary - The death of the Cailleach Bheur.

The Cailleach Bheur was a one eyed giantess who lived on the island of Erraid in Mull. Every 100 years she had to go Loch Ba to bathe and be rejuvenated. She also had to take her three cows to drink at a certain mainland well, which had a lid on it that had to be replaced before sunset or the well would overflow and flood the world. One time she fell asleep, but she woke up in time and managed to replace the lid, though the well had overflowed a little and had formed Loch Awe.

When she went to bathe in Loch Ba, she had to reach the loch without hearing a dog bark. One time she passed a shepherd and although he knew the consequences he could not prevent his dog barking. The shepherd ran to help the Cailleach Bheur but she died. As she died she sang a song of which the contributor only knows only one verse. He sings this verse.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:09:13
Date Recorded - 1953
Language - Gaelic
Genre - Story
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 2743
Original Tape ID - SA1953.049
Original Track ID - SA1953.049.B5; B6
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Item Location:
  County - Argyllshire
  Parish - Kilfinichen and Kilvickeon
  Island - Erraid

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