Nighean Rìgh Sionnach

The daughter of the King of Enchantments. She was found in the hunting hill by a party of hunters, who took her home with them. The chief married her and she lived with him and his mother. She bore him three children before she was heard to utter a word. Afterwards, on the occasion of a feast being prepared, they gave her a candle to hold, when she said:

"On thine account candle
Put in my hand to hold
Standing in the smoke
That was not my customary wont
In my mother and father's house."
A'v a chuis a choinneal
Thuair mi an'am laimh ga cumail
Um sheasamh a's an deathaich
'S cha be sin m' abhaist
Un tigh mo mhathar 's m' athar.
Her mother-in-law answered:
"At your leisure, my good woman,
Well I knew the company,
One cow with three teats,
And nine people."
A'r a shocair a bhuinneag
'S math a b'aithne dhomhsa chuideachd
Aona mhart air thri sinnean
'S naoinear do mhuinntir.
She replied:
"That was not the custom
In my father and mother's house
There was not one cow three teated
Nor a company of nine in number
But nine chains of pure gold
Hung in the house of the King of Enchantments."
Cha be sin an gnathas
Bha 'n tigh m' athur no momhathar
Cha robh aona mhart air thré sinnean
Na naoinear 'a mhuinntir
Ach naoi slabhrinnean òir
An crocha' 'n tigh Righ Sionnach.

By her words it was found out whose daughter she was and where she had come from.



  • Campbell, J.G. (1902). Witchcraft & Second Sight in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland. Glascow: James MacLehose and Sons, pp. 107-108.

This article incorporates text from Witchcraft & Second Sight in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland (1902) by John Campbell, which is in the public domain.