Glaistig of Iona

The glaistig who stayed in a hole of the rocks in Staonnaig, the common of the island of Iona, where in former times the cattle came in summer. The people, when at the summer pastures, poured milk every night in a stone for her. She once entered on a rainy day the house where a woman named Livingstone was having dinner. The glaistig dried herself at the fire, holding her clothes spread out, and turning round from side to side. Her clothes took fire, and she left as a parting gift, that no fire can be kindled at dinner-time by a woman of the name of Livingstone.



  • Campbell, J.G. (1900). Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Glascow: James MacLehose and Sons, p. 179.