Extract from an anonymous letter to Scott dated 24 June 1820 (from Wilfred Partington, ed., The Private Letter-Books of Sir Walter Scott (London, 1930), 321–24).

The letter, endorsed by Scott as being written by a shepherd, begins, ‘I am an obscure, solitary individual, and have almost all my life, which is now better than fifty years, lived in the wildest districts in the south of Scotland’. Early in the letter he informs Scott of a similar village, called Glendayrg, to one mentioned in The Monastery and discusses the existence of elves.