Township: Caolas,Milton

Map Reference: Milton 6

Name Type:

Meaning: Rock of the wind

Other Forms: Clach na Gaoithe - AMcL, JAMcL

Clach na Stoirm - JGC

Clach na Stoirmeadh - JGC, DM

Related Places:

Information:“There is a stone in Caolas, Tiree, called Clach na Stoirm, the storm stone, almost entirely buried in the ground. If taken out of the ground, cleaned and set upright, it will cause a storm to arise.” Rev John Gregorson Campbell, Witchcraft and Second Sight in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and in The Gaelic Otherworld, ed Ronald Black, p224.

"Coming back from the [Gunna] sound the Minister who had driven the Coll Minister to the ferry overtook me and told me of a stone which is good for raising a storm. A woman told him that she tried the spell for her brother who was a smuggler and chased by a revenue cruiser. According to the Instructions she dug up the stone with the tongs and turned the side to the ... that was need but there was not a breath of wind." This was Clach na Stoirmeadh in Caolas (The Gaelic Otherworld, p641.

Crois a’ Chaolais. “Opposite the burial ground there are two large stones embedded in the soil and between these the cross is said to have stood. There is a tradition that if ever the larger of these stones be removed a hurricane will sweep the island with devastating violence.” - Handbook to the Islands of Coll and Tiree, Hector MacDougall and Rev. Hector Cameron, Archibald Sinclair, p128.

He remembers it as a flat stone level with the road. His brother tried to dig it up. It is now covered with tarmac - JAMcL.

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 6/1995

Informant 2: John Archie MacLean, Croish, 12/1993

Informant 3: Professor Donald Meek, Caolas, in The Gaelic Otherworld, Ed Ronald Black, p486, note 773.