Baobhan Sith: Scottish Vampires

Baobhan Sith Scottish Vampires

ROSE GARNETT reveals the terrifying Baobhan Sith – the Scottish brand of vampires that would leave their Transylvanian cousins for dead

Everyone knows vampires originally came from Europe.  Bram Stoker’s Transylvanian Dracula is after all, quite emphatic on the point.  Another star in the vampiric firmament is Elizabeth Bathory, a sixteenth century Hungarian noblewoman, said to bathe in the blood of young virgins in her search for eternal youth.  This earned her the nickname “the Blood Countess” and a unenviable reputation for being a genuine blood-sucker, not to mention all-round bad girl.  The 1922 German film Nosferatu took the legend deeper into the Eurozone by concentrating on the vampire’s less seductive side – Twilight fans beware.

The European victory in the blood and fang stakes (no pun intended) is complete.

So do we take it that Britain is just too, well, British to be able to compete?  If you take the time to do a little digging you will quickly find the answer is a big, fat, resounding no.  Enter stage left, the Baobhan Sith: Scottish vampires who roam the countryside in packs, rending their victims limb from limb with taloned nails.  Not just any victims though: only delicious young men will do as their diet of choice.

Dracula, one suspects, would be a bit long in the tooth for their tastes.

Author: The Spooky Isles

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  1. what a terrible and utterly incorrect article!

  2. Sounds awesome. Would love to read more.

  3. Thanks for telling us about them. In your description they sound like they are eating flesh not drinking blood, which isn't what vampires do. But looking them up I found another version of the story at wikipedia.

    "There is a certain legend in regards to the baobhan sith, where a group of young travelers stopped for the night in a small glade in the Scottish Highlands. They built a fire and began to wish for the company of beautiful women. Four stunning women appeared, and began to dance with the men. The dance, which started out for enjoyment, became harsh, and the women tore at the men and drew blood. One of the men ran from their shelter and hid between two horses. The strange women circled the horses, but could not seem to cross to him. When dawn came, they disappeared. He found his companions dead and drained of blood. It is thought that the Baobhan Sith could not cross to him because of the iron in the shoes of the horses."

    The Baobhan Sith are a wonderful legend. I would love to see them in a well written short horror fiction story.

  4. Bien j’étudie ca en anglais!!

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