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A njugle overthrows a mill and kills a man grinding corn.

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Title - A njugle overthrows a mill and kills a man grinding corn.
Contributors - Brucie Henderson
Reporters - Calum Iain Maclean

Summary - A njugle overthrows a mill and kills a man grinding corn.

The fearsome njugle [water horse] lived in burns [streams] and haunted mills. So great was its reputation, people went to mills in twos with one keeping watch lest it enter the building and overthrow the mill. Some 200 years ago a man from Newfield in East Yell took a bag of corn to the mill at Queyon. The man never came home, but in the middle of the night his five-year-old boy awoke and cried, "Mammy, Da's dead oot, Da's dead oot." Next morning a search found the mill overthrown, and the man's body was found in the under-hoose of the mill. The njugle had upset the mill. The man was buried at the Queyon Tiptons, where traces of the grave are still [1954] visible.

Brucie Henderson learned the story from an old man.


Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:02:51
Date Recorded - 1954
Date of Content - 1750 to 1760
Language - Scots
Genre - Story, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 31176
Original Tape ID - SA1954.113
Original Track ID - SA1954.113.4
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R



Recording Location:
  County - Shetland
  Parish - Yell
  Island - Yell
  Village - Arisdale


Item Location:
  County - Shetland
  Parish - Yell
  Island - Yell
  Village - Newfield, East Yell

Item Notes - In the typical horizontal Shetland watermill, the wheel turned in a lower chamber called the under-hoose.
See:
'The Northern Isles: Orkney and Shetland' (Alexander Fenton, 1978), pp. 396 ff.

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