Smuggler's Cave, Portpatrick

The coast around Portpatrick is dotted with caves.  The cave shown here may be Uchtriemacken's Cave at Port Mora which is just to the north of Portpatrick.   The cave was renowned for its magical properties.  According to the Old Statistical Account, compiled in 1790, 'it is usual to bring, even from a great distance, infirm persons, and particularly rickety children, whom they often supposed bewitched, to bathe in a stream which pours from the hill, and then dry them in the cave'.
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glass stereoscope slide
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WIWMS 1963.15.2
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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