Conall Cra Bhuidhe – Notes, p.118.

[Popular Tales Stories Contents]

From James Wilson, blind fiddler, Islay. June 1859.

This story, told by a blind man, is a good instance of the way in which a popular tale adapts itself to the mind of everybody. The blinding of the giant and his subsequent address to his pet goat – “There thou art, thou shaggy, hairy, white goat: thou seest me, but I see thee not” – comes from the heart of the narrator. It is the ornament which his mind hangs on the frame of the story.

“James Wilson learnt it from John MacLachlan, and old man at Kilsleven, upwards of forty years ago. The old man would be about eighty years of age at the time.”

CRA-BHUIDHE is probably a corruption of some proper name.

CRAG is a paw, a palm. BUIDHE, yellow.

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