Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
FINN, n. Also fin, pl. ¶finis. In I.Sc. folklore: a creature, sometimes thought of as human and sometimes as animal, which appeared from time to time in the islands and was credited with supernatural powers.
Combs.: Finfolk, Finfolkaheem, Fin-man.
Sh. 1888 J. R. Tudor Ork. and Sh. 167:
Sea monsters are for the most part called Finns in Shetland. Ork. 1893 W. T. Dennison in Sc. Antiquary VII. 172:
Unlike the mermaid, the selkie folk were never represented as dwelling in “Finfolk-a-heem” . . . The only home of the selkie folk was some far outlying skerry, or sea-surrounded rock. Indeed, my old informants regarded the selkie folk as a wholly different race of beings from the Finfolk. Sc. 1896 A. Cheviot Proverbs 104:
Finn men, i.e. the sea fairies of Orkney, which are said to drive fish from the part of the sea they frequent. Sh. 1897 Shet. News (4 Dec.):
The home of the “finns” was asserted to be Norway, and in pursuance of their visits, which were chiefly nocturnal . . . they were said frequently to assume the form of some amphibious animal. Sh. 1931 (Fair Isle) Scots Mag. (Aug.) 340:
There is a story told of a witch who married a “trow” and who by her spells kept herself alive after their son was born, and from this unholy union there sprang a new race of “trows” known as “finis fiks [Finns folks].”
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