The jealous mermiad
There once was a mermaid who lived in a loch near Murkle in Caithness.The
mermaid fell in love with a fisherman and lavished gold and jewels upon
Then she discovered he was using his new wealth to make extravagant gifts
to human girls, so she spoke sweetly to him one morning and asked if he
would like to see where all his gifts came from. The fisherman jumped
at the chance.
Seeing an opportunity to seize all the treasure in one go and forgo this
time spent flattering the mermaid. She took his hand and told him to trust
"As long as you are holding my hand." She said "You shall be able to breath
So she led him by the hand out into the loch and as they reached the middle
they began to dive. Down and down they dove until the world above was
but a dim point of light.
Then the mermaid told the fisherman to close his eyes and she led him
through a maze of underwater caves and tunnels until they reached a massive
air filled chamber deep under the loch. Here she showed him all the treasure
of all the ships that had ever been lost in the Pentland firth.
While he gazed greedily at the spoil, she sang to him so sweetly that
he fell asleep. When he awoke, he found he was chained to the floor with
golden fetters, and there to this day he remains, jealously guarded by
his sea-woman mistress.