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The Fairy Queen and the Piper

By Liam Shand

It is said that Tomnahurich Hill in Inverness is home to the Fairy Queen and that she once desired a young and handsome piper. When the piper refused her advances, she told him that he must stay with her and eat fairy food or he would never see his family again. He still refused and was allowed to leave. On returning home however, his wife and small child were gone. Another fairy took pity on him and told the piper that if he returned to the hill and played a certain tune she taught him, his family would be returned, and sure enough they were.

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