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bean nighe

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

[ScG, washerwoman, laundrymaid].

A female wraith of Scottish Gaelic folklore who washes bloodstained clothes when some person in the neighbourhood is about to die, usually in...

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Scottish Gaelic fairy or weeper, similar to the bean nighe. It may be heard wailing in the darkness near a waterfall before catastrophe overtakes a clan; sometimes portrayed in stories of...

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A legendary Irish warrior and bard, whose name became well known in 1760–3 when the Scottish poet James Macpherson (1736–96) published his own verse as an alleged translation of 3rd-century...

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