An unexpected find about another legendary lake monster of Scotland – one that might even be MORE interesting than Nessie itself – from Loch Morar.
Writings shed new light on ‘Nessie’s cousin’ Morag – Heritage – Scotsman.com. (Oddly, this link has been removed. I have no idea why. – Editor)
Some of the earliest-known writings on Nessie’s less well-known cousin shed new light on the community which lived in its shadow more than 100 years ago, according to the researcher who uncovered them.
• Unexpected discovery of folklore texts sheds light on legends.
• Monster Morag was seen as omen for death.
Morag, a mysterious creature supposed to inhabit the depths of Loch Morar, in the Highlands, is the subject of three separate writings from Alexander Carmichael, a prolific gatherer of folklore in his day.
The scripts, believed to date from 1902, have been uncovered by the Carmichael Watson project at the University of Edinburgh library.
The descriptions are interesting. In one, she is described like a mermaid, half human half fish, while another is as a warning of death. These are very much folklore pieces, obtained from locals in early 1900s. This lends us to think that there were many more lake monster legends around and they may have each had their own personality, so to speak.
Otherwise, not too much is written about Morag. Too bad. Sounds like great stuff.
UPDATE: This link works.
Legend of Loch Ness to be overshadowed as new monster mystery is unearthed | Daily Express.