Crops and lambs left for the hill folk or Picts.
Date 20 September 1974
Track ID 72787
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1974.197.B4

Original Tape ID

SA1974.197

Summary

Crops and lambs left for the hill folk or Picts.

In the old days crofters would leave part of their crop unharvested for the hill folk [fairies]. These were the Picts, who had gone underground and were still putting up a bit of a resistance. They used to come at night and take the crop of the Norwegians or Vikings. This strengthened the superstition and people would leave a lamb out for them. Later this extended to leaving a part of the croft unworked so that the hill folk could deal with it as they liked. This was known as the Deil's [devil's] Portion; it consisted of a number of the least valuable rigs [arable fields].

This happened a long time ago, about the time the Norse occupation was ending and the Scotch influence came back in.

Recording Location

County - Shetland

Parish - Delting

Island - Shetland Mainland

Village - Laxo, Lunnasting

Item Location

County - Shetland

Parish - Delting

Island - Shetland Mainland

Village - Lunnasting

Language

English

Genre

Information

Collection

SoSS