Louise Boulanger


old torridon: notes on the history of torridon, murdoch macdonald (1997)

Location: Torridon
worship, gaelic culture

The Annat Skull

The Annat Skull supposedly belonged to a woman called Mary MacLeod from Loch Broom who committed suicide in the eighteenth century.

Suicides were traditionally buried outside cemeteries and out of sight of the sea and she was laid to rest on the hill above the old Annat Cemetery. Years later her skull surfaced above the ground. It was believed to have supernatural powers and was said to be effective in curing epilepsy.

According to legend the guardian of the skull lived in Annat and performed traditional rites associated with its use. The skull is believed to have been last used in the 1950s.

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