Folk-Lore and Legends
The distinctive features of Scotch Folk-lore are such as
might have been expected from a consideration of the characteristics of Scotch
scenery. The rugged grandeur of the mountain, the solemn influence of the
widespreading moor, the dark face of the deep mountain loch, the babbling of the
little stream, seem all to be reflected in the popular tales and superstitions.
The acquaintance with nature in a severe, grand, and somewhat terrible form must
necessarily have its effect on the human mind, and the Scotch mind and character
bear the impress of their natural surroundings. The fairies, the brownies, the
bogles of Scotland are the same beings as those with whom the Irish have peopled
the hills, the nooks, and the streams of their land, yet how different, how
distinguished from their counterparts, how clothed, as it were, in the national
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