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.
- "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.