The Port Glasgow Mermaid

Long ago, a poor Port Glasgow girl died of tuberculosis. Her funeral procession was halted by a mermaid in the Firth of Clyde, who cried “If they would drink nettles in March, and muggins in May, so many braw maidens wouldnae gang to the clay”. Nettle tea, and muggins (mugwort) are natural remedies for tuberculosis.

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