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The Story of the Poor Fisherman
George Macpherson

George MacPherson tells this traditional tale of how the life of a poor fisherman is changed forever when he falls in love with a selkie creature. The story is set by Loch Pooltiel in Glendale. According to George, the placename is now often translated as the ‘Loch of the Devil.’ In days gone by, it was known as the ‘Loch of Tiel, son of Haakon, King of Norway’ who was drowned in it; and in times before that, it was Loch Na Lochnanlaich, ‘Loch of the Vikings.’

This story is printed in George’s book Highland Myths and Legends (Luath Press, 2004).