“distant and isloated
wild and dangerous
rich and beautiful”
What Spills Out of the Fairy Egg?
Gerhard Jaritz’s summery of the qualities and values attached to “literary Islands” in medieval texts. This contrast between negative and positive features seems less evident in Martin Martin’s description of the Western Isles, here positive features are very much in evidence.
Gerhard Jaritz, The Quality Of Islands In High German Literature, in Isolated Islands in Medieval Nature, Culture and Mind, Budapest 2011
Towards A New Science And Philosophy of Sight and Sound In Late 17th Century Scottish Thought: Communication Across Vast Distance and Other Failed Experiments
“I should now go to the rest of your excellent remarks upon the Beef, the Geese, the Loch, the Peat-man & the Kyle nor shall an iota of them drop. But they have all (of them) their peculiar Weight”
The Pear of Castoun sayd to be keep 300 years
The Beef of Borthwick Castle
The Watdish of Bily in the Mersh
The Beefpot of Aunraw
The craw egg at Canglton
Roslin College & House
The oily well near Edenb
The monument at Dumbar
I to lage in hunsdail
Hidem cives & ward (stones)
Letter S. Pepys to Lord Reay, 9 Jan. 1700
‘A Collection of Highland Rites and Customs’, Anon, Late 17th cen.
M. Hunter (eds) ‘The Occult Laboratory: Magic, Science and Second Sight in Late 17th-Century Scotland’, Woodbridge, 2001
This Weeks Reading
J. Wasko, M. Philips, E.R. Meehan, Dazzled by Disney? The Global Audiences Project
And In This Thing Beneath The Waves Are Islands Lost And Found
There is a variety of nuts, called molluka beans, some of which are used as amulets against witchcraft, or an evil eye, particularly the white ones; and upon this account they are worn about children’s necks, and if any evil is intended to them, they say the nut changes into a black colour. That they did change colour I found to be true by my own observation, but cannot be positive as to the cause of it.
Malcolm Campbell, steward of Harris, told me, that some weeks before my arrival there, all his cows gave blood instead of milk, for several days together: one of the neighbors told his wife that this must be witchcraft, and it would be easy to remove it, if she would but take the white nut, called the Virgin Mary’s Nut, and lay it in the pail into which she was to milk the cows. This advice she presently followed, and having milked one cow into the pail with the nut in it, the milk was all blood, and the nut changed its colour into dark brown: she used the nut again, and all the cows gave pure good milk, which they ascribe to the virtue of the nut. This very nut Mr Campbell presented me with, and I keep it still by me.
A Description of The Western Isles of Scotland: Circa 1695
The complete picture of the “Witch girl and Electronic Brain” in a desert type landscape, 1994, Future Sounds of London