"Old woman", "hag." The old woman or old wife, a spirit of whom people were afraid in harvest. In spring, the person last done with the shearing had to feed her till next harvest. In spring she was engaged with a hammer in keeping the grass under:
- "She strikes here, she strikes there,
- She strikes between her legs,"
but the grass grows to fast for her and in despair she throws the hammer from her, and where it lighted no grass grew:
- "She threw it beneath the hard, holly tree,
- Where grass or hair has never grown."
See also Cachalaidh na feusag.
- Campbell, J.G. (1900). Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Glascow: James MacLehose and Sons, p. 243.
- Campbell, J.G. (1902). Witchcraft & Second Sight in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland. Glascow: James MacLehose and Sons, pp. 253-254.