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In the Hebrides the Loireag is a water-fairy, but like the lowland habetrot she is a patroness of spinning.

Description

In Carmichael's Carmina Gadelica, the Loireag is described by a man from Benbecula as 'a small mite of womanhood that does not belong to this world but to the world thither', and as a 'plaintive little thing, stubborn and cunning'.

Behavior

Grant Stewart in his Popular Superstitions said, 'She presided over the warping, weaving and washing of the web, and if the women omitted any of the traditional usages and ceremonies of these occasions, she resented their neglect in various ways.'

Like all fairies she was a connoisseur of music and was angry if one of the women had a harsh voice.