Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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HILDALAND, n. Mythical islands reputed to be the summer home of the Finfolk, or their residence at such times as they chose to live above water (Ork. 1891 Sc. Antiquary V. 169). Ork. 1893  Ib. VII. 113:
This land was only visible at rare times, and some people had the power of seeing it far more clearly than others. One old man said “Hid's only the e'e that sees the unseen that can see Hilda-land.”

[For first element cf. Icel. huldu-fólk, the hidden, i.e. the fairy, people, and see note to Hilderbogie below.]

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