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Folklore Friday - The Curse of St Winning

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The legend tells of St Winning, who went fishing with his men one day in the river Garnock. They fished all day long, but didn't catch a single thing. This was highly unusual and they were extremely frustrated at their misfortune.

In a fit of anger, St Winning placed a curse on the river. The curse would ensure that the river would never have fish in it. If he couldn't catch anything, then neither would anyone else.

In response to his curse, the river began to change its course, therefor avoiding the curse and continuing to be a source of fish for many fishermen who followed after St Winning.

Although this is a folk tale, there are historical records that prove that the river did change its course over the years.