Township: Gott

Map Reference: Gott 12

Name Type: machair

Meaning: The hillock of the fairies

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Information:A certain man from Caolas set out very early of a Hogmanay morning for Taigh an Lòin in Barrapol to buy a pitcher of whisky. But not only did he obtain the whisky, he also had a generous sampling of hospitality while there. On his way back the dusk of the evening was falling as he passed Heanish, and before he got to Gott in was pitch black.
As he was passing Cnoc an t-Sìdhein, he heard the most beautiful music coming from its direction, and in spite of himself he was drawn to it. When he arrived at the knoll the door was open and, in his happy state of mind, he entered without hesitation. Inside was a large number of fairies singing and dancing.
With the pitcher still on his back, he joined in the merriment until it was nearly dawn. Suddenly realising where he was, he made for the exit, just managing to escape as the door was closing. But on arriving home he discovered it was not one night that he had spent in the fairy knoll but a whole long year. This gentleman was certainly delayed at Gott [there is a saying on Tiree 'Stad e mu Ghot' - he stopped at Gott, meaning he took a long time over something.] Bailtean is Ath-Ghairmean, Niall M Brownlie, Argyll Publishing, 1995, p112-4.
Where Donald MacIntyre's shed is - MAMcD.


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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Mary Ann MacDonald, Heanish, 1/1994