Folklore Friday - The Ghillie Dubh
The Ghillie Dubh is a solitary male elf or mountain spirit. Living in the birch woods near Loch a During, in the north-west Highland area of Gairloch.
Mainly spotted in the latter half of the the 18th century, Ghillie Dubh is dark haired and wears clothing made from forest leaves and moss. Ghillie dubh had a reputation for kindness and a gentle nature. He was also known for having a fondness of children.
One evening, in the summertime, a local child called Jessie Macrae decided to take a wander in the woods. Becoming lost, Macrae began to panic. As it began to get dark, Ghillie Dubh came across the poor girl. He looked after her throughout the night and in the morning brought her home safely.
Over four decades, Ghillie Dubh was spotted frequently by a number of different people, however Jessie was the only person the elf ever conversed with.
Shortly after Jessie's incident, a group of Mackenzies were invited on a hunt by the landowner, Sir Hector Mackenzie of Gairloch. The hunt was to find Ghillie Dubh and to capture him. A team of five hunters set out, after their evening meal, to find the elf, but despite an extensive search that lasted throughout the night, the hunters could not find their prey.
After the hunt, Ghillie Dubh was never seen again.