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The House on Yell

ghost fairy storytelling research

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#1 Research Student

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Posted 12 June 2016 - 07:50 PM



So I'm doing some research into ghost stories on Shetland, particularly around Yell, for my Master's dissertation. I wanted to talk about the Windhouse. These are just some questions I'm asking to the general public right now. I've been to Shetland, and I love it there. I'm interested in the public and story teller point of view on Windhouse and some other things I'll ask in my questions. Naturally if you want to contact me, please do so! I'm always up for a conversation. 


Question One: What is the story of Windhouse? Is it a Ghost Story, or a Fairy Story (Trowy)?


Question Two: Are ghost stories and fairy stories interwoven? Explain, if so?


Question Three: What are some ghost stories or fairy stories you like?


Question Four: What do you think of the role of ghost stories are in Shetland?


Question Five: What do you think the role of Fairy Stories are in Shetland?


Question Six: How do you identify with Shetland culture? Through Fairy Stories or Ghost Stories?


Question Seven: Do you think stories have a natural evolution through story tellers? Do they adapt to changing times?

Question Eight: Why is Yell more popular with Ghost Stories than the other Isles? Do you think this is true, or untrue?

Question Nine: What are the role of ghosts in Shetland?


Question Ten: Do you think story telling is important in Shetland?



Any other comments, questions, concerns, stories, are welcomed! I would like to thank you ahead of time for those who will answer the questions above. You're more than welcome to answer all or one or two. Any additional information is also welcomed.

Edited by Research Student, 12 June 2016 - 07:53 PM.

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Posted 12 June 2016 - 09:53 PM

The only two other ghost stories that come to my mind are the White Wife in Unst and the one that is supposed to be in the premises occupied by Michael Inkster on the Street. There is a whole thread on ghost stories on Shetlink here.



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Posted 12 June 2016 - 10:09 PM

And there's a thread on the Windhoose here - https://www.shetlink...windhouse-yell/

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Posted 13 June 2016 - 07:41 PM

Thank you  for the information! Its been useful!


I would like to further ask if there are anyone who would like to meet in person on Shetland at the end of July, I would love to get some personal accounts. Naturally, you'd have to sign a permission form saying you agree to being recorded have your stories placed in the archives at my university. If you have any reservations, please contact me, and I can give you the form to look over. If you want to know the university I'm at, I'll post it below. Again, I'd love to talk to you, one on one, with a group. We can go to a cafe or a pub, whatever you feel comfortable with. I'm looking to return to Shetland at the end of July, and will most likely be staying in Lerwick. We can go from there. Transport will get me most places. Just let me know!




The University of Aberdeen

Elphinstone Institute, MacRoberts Building

Ethnology and Folklore 

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