The island of Mull, some forty minutes by ferry from Oban on the west coast of Scotland, is popular with visiting tourists from all over the world. Some visitors to the island may find more than they expect during their stay, for they might come across the headless ghost of Ewan (Eoghan) Maclean, astride his horse as it gallops through Glen More. The story of the ghost is rather gruesome.
On the eve of a battle with the Macleans of Duart, Ewan came across a woman crouched by a stream, washing some bloodstained clothes. Ewan must have realised that this woman was a banshee (bean shi'th), a supernatural creature whose appearance meant imminent death.
The clothes that she washed were those belonging to men who were about to die. Having seen the banshee, Ewan probably knew that his chances of surviving the battle were not good. Nevertheless, he was committed to his cause and would not shrink from it.
The battle was fierce, and in the midst of the fighting Ewan was killed. He was beheaded by a blow so swift and sure, it is said, that when his head was severed from his body, his body remained sitting upright in the saddle as his horse galloped away.
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