Township: West Hynish

Map Reference: unknown exact location

Name Type: hill

Meaning: The black cliff

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Related Places: Tobar an Stalla Dhuibh

Information:See 'Recollections of an Argyllshire Drover', Eric Cregeen, ed. Margaret Bennett, John Donald, 2004, p152, for the story of the Cailleach Bhuana, told by Donald Sinclair, West Hynish. It used to be the custom that it was bad luck to be the last person in the township to finish your harvest. If you were, you had to keep the Cailleach [the old woman of the harvest] all winter and feed her. This old man in West Hynish had no children at home to help him, so some young people of the township got together one night and cut his corn for him. Whe he got up the next day he went to the field and found his work done and he told his wife the fairies had done it.

"Bha na sibhirean a mach an raoir," thubhairt esan. "Dh' fhosgail a' Stalla Dhubh a raoir agus bha na sibhirean a mach." [the fairies were out last night. The black cliffs opened and the fairies were out]. SA1971/85/A.

Behind his house: pieces of rock keep falling off it - GK

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Donald Sinclair, West Hynish

Informant 2: David McClounnan, Balephuil

Informant 3: Gilleasbuig Kennedy, West Hennish 10/2017