of the Laird and the
Long ago a cruel, but
god-fearing, Laird journeyed in search of a bride. On the shores of Loch
Indaal he met a starving fisherman and his bride to be. The Laird
instantly fell in love with the beautiful girl and offered to buy her hand
in marriage. The fisherman knew that he could never give his bride wealth,
like the Laird, so heartbroken he reluctantly gave his bride away.
Years passed but no love
blossomed between them. Each day she saw her true love pass by on his way
back from the Loch and each night she wept into her pillow and yearned to
be with him.
The cruel Laird overheard
her tears and made her an offer, “If you can steal my soul by the morn’ I
shall turn to stone and you may go free. But if you fail you will stay and
love me as you love him”. She agreed.
As night fell the girl
thought long and hard of how to steal a man’s soul. Just then she saw the
fisherman pass by and, in a flash of inspiration, called down to him: “My
love, bring me your catch at midnight and we may be together forever”
Puzzled, the fisherman agreed.
Midnight came and he
brought his catch to her. All night the girl gutted the fish and sewed
together the silvery scales into a beautiful dress. Just before dawn the
Laird awoke as the day’s first rays of sun shone brightly onto the girl’s
dress. Believing her to be an angel from heaven, the god-fearing Laird
fell to his knees and pledged his soul to her. Upon revealing her true
self, he turned to stone and free she ran off to be with her true love
Legend Tin Box -
This Limited Edition Tin illustrates
an artist's interpretation of the Legend of the Laird and the Angel.
From this design no
Italian version has been produced.