SCOTTISH MYTHS, LEGENDS AND TALES
...MYTH - a story about
superhuman beings of an earlier age taken by preliterate
society to be a true account, usually of how natural phenomena,
social customs, etc., came into existence.
... LEGEND - a popular story handed down from
earlier times whose truth has not been ascertained.
Scotland became a united Nation only in the
9th century AD, when Kenneth MacAlpin became
the first King of Scots. From the dawn of history, our little
country became home to a diversity of peoples and cultures;
peoples who came from Scandinavia, France, Spain, Italy,
Ireland, Central Europe; bringing with them their own habits,
customs, languages, beliefs - and stories.
Scottish folklore has a broad
base to draw from, therefore, and it's reflected by the fact
that a fair number of the myths and legends are very similar to
those of others of these countries, particulary from
Ireland, after the colonisation of Argyll by the Scots
from Ireland in the fifth century, and the long-term fighting,
alliances,settlements in the North and on the Islands, with and
by the peoples from Scandinavia.
We will tell tales from all
airts (directions) and ages; tales of valour, of love, of
treachery and honour. Tales of Gods, and of the Faerie Folk, of
honest souls and the Devils' own; stories from the Highlands
and the Lowlands; Border Ballads and chronicles of Kings. Some
short, some long; some happy, some sad. And all in no
If there's a tale you'd like told, a notion of something
you'd like explained; some memory of a long-forgotten childhood
story, or a reference that's niggling away about some name,
some happening from scottish lore - ask us; if we can find what
you're looking for, we'll print it - with your name, etc, as
you allow. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
And now, to the Tales..
LIST OF SCOTTISH MYTHS, LEGENDS AND TALES, FROM
The Kelpie of Loch Garve (p2)
How the Corrievrechan got its name
The Legend of the Saltire Flag (p2)
The Tale of Thomas the Rhymer (p3)