The Folk Tales of Scotland

The Well at the World's End and Other Stories

William Montgomerie

Presents stories which are drawn from traditions in various parts of Scotland from Islay to Inveraray and Orkney to the Lowlands.
Date Published :
May 2008
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Contributor(s) :
Norah Montgomerie
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781841586946
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 8.65 X 5.7 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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The classic folk tales of Scotland were passed down from storyteller to storyteller, and from the first sentence they held the attention of the listeners and readers as though a spell had been cast over them, transporting them to a magical realm where mermaids and men, selkies and sailors, ogres and princesses all mingle and are miraculously transformed. First published in 1956, the Montgomeries, distinguished folklorists, gathered these captivating stories from all parts of Scotland. This collection became a classic of the storytelling tradition retold in a simple, dramatic style, appealing to adult and child alike. Now published by Birlinn Limited in a handsome gift edition and illustrated with Norah Montgomerie's own original drawings, it is a book to be treasured for years as the key to an enchanted, timeless world.

About The Author

Poet William Montgomerie and his wife Norah, who lived in Edinburgh, collected a large and unique library of books, tapes and recordings of traditional Scottish rhymes, tales and games. They edited two collections of nursery rhymes, Scottish Nursery Rhymes and Sandy Candy, and Norah Montgomerie edited and compiled three story books for parents with young children. They are survived by a daughter who lives in Australia.


Buy it for all the children in your life - and the adults too! Well done Birlinn for making it available again'

- Facts & Fiction Storytelling Magazine

With charming illustrations by Norah Montgomerie, this book makes a welcome change from the Brothers Grimm'

- Dumfries & Galloway Standard

Norah and William Montgomerie had performed a magical transformation of their own by draping fairy tales in tartan... the new version of this old classic looks good and reads even better

- The Herald

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