Argyll Folk Tales

Argyll Folk TalesIf you are interested in knowing more about the folk tales of Argyll, this beautifully illustrated book is a treasure trove. The stories have been compiled and written down by Bob Peggis, who has lived in the Highlands of Scotland since 1989.

Argyll is the site of bloody battles and warring clans, Christian saints and old-time pagans, and also a place where you can see fairy mounds and visit allegeldy haunted caves. The Argyll area has been populated for a very long time and the local legends contains a fascinating mixture of truth and tale, history and fiction.

The Irish settlers that created the Dál Riata kingdom brought with them not just the Gaelic language but also a rich heap of Gaelic stories which has served as the foundation to a lot of local folklore.

Short facts about Argyll Folk Tales

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd (8 Oct. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752492152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752492155
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 20.3 cm

About the author

Bob Pegg is the author of “Argyll Folk Tales” (2015), “The little Book of Hogmanay (2013)”, “Highland Folk Tales” (2012), “Rites and Riots: Folk Customs of Britain and Europe” (1981), and “Folk” (1976).

In addition to being an author, Pegg is a storyteller and a musician, and he has worked for the Highland Council for 15+ years, organizing events such as the yearly storytelling festival “Tales at Martinmas”. He is also involved in the Highland story walk project “Walking Tales”.

The Little Book of Hogmanay

The Little Book of HogmanayThe Little Book of Hogmanay is really a small book, comprised of just 144 pages, but don’t let this fool you – this is a really information-dense book that richly explores the history folklore, tales, customs, food, drink and celebrations of Hogmanay. The book is illustrated with black block print illustrations.

Hogmanay is the Scots word for the last day of the year and for the celebrations that traditionally take place in Scotland on this day and sometimes also on the following days. The all-night Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Stirling and Inverness are especially famous and attract large crowds each year.

Information about The Little Book of Hogmanay

  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075248964X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752489643
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.1 cm

Highland Folk Tales

Highland Folk TalesThis book is the perfect companion to “Argyll Folk Tales”. It explores the stories of the Scottish Highlands and includes, among other things, tales of the Sidh (fairy people), of the Fauth and of the Waterhorse. Some legends have their roots among the ancient Gaels, Picts and Vikings, while others are considerbly younger.

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752460900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752460901
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 19.6 cm