Glaistig of Dunollie

The glaistig at Dunollie Castle, near Oban in Argyll, performed several household tasks. She was glimpsed in the evening on her way up to the castle. During the night, she would tidy up the house, sweep the floors, and do the family washing, which would be finished before morning.

The fool (amadan) attached to the castle was under her special protection and often had his meat clean when others had it full of "stour."



  • Campbell, J.G. (1900). Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Glascow: James MacLehose and Sons, p. 166.