Karen: So, could you tell us your name and where we are first?

Elsie: Well, I'm Elsie Patterson, Ulan Moor Farm, Drumnadrochit.

Karen: Right. How long have you lived here?

Elsie: Since I got married.

Karen: Alright. So you came here because you got married.

Elsie: Sorry?

Karen: So you came here because you got married?

Elsie: No. I lived in the district before.

Karen: You lived in Drumnadrochit?

Elsie: I lived in Drumnadrochit befoe I got married.

Karen: And is your family all from here as well?

Elsie: No, my family are from Aberdeenshire. My mother and father are from Aberdeenshire.

Karen: Did you come from a farming family?

Elsie: No, not me, no. Well, my mother was of farming people but not my father.

Karen: Have you got children, have you...?

Elsie: I've got two. I've got a daughter that's married with two children, and I've got a son that's married with two children.

Karen: What, how do you feel about living next to Loch Ness with all its tourists?

Elsie: I never think anything of it, it's my home and I never (Karen laughs) but I wouldn't change it for the world.

Karen: What do you think about all this 'Loch Ness monster'?

Elsie: There IS something in the Loch. Definitely.

Karen: You're sure of that?

Elsie: Yes, because my son swears that he has seen it.

Karen: Oh, right. And what did he say about it?

Elsie: Actually it was when he was in school and they were returning from a swimming session in Inverness and all the scholars saw it as they were coming along the loch-side.

Karen: How long ago was that?

Elsie: Oh, now, maybe 14 years ago.

Karen: You haven't spent your time looking out the window looking for it?!

Elsie: No, no. I'm afraid not, no. I'd be very pleased if I did see it, though.

Karen: Yes, uh huh, uh huh (both talking) I think that's what most of the tourists want.

Elsie: And I do really and truly believe in it. Because I know an old lady that lived all her life over above the castle -

Karen: Oh, yeah.

Elsie: - and, a Mrs. Craig and she'd seen it several times. But then she didn't want to -

Karen: ...to make a fuss about it?

Elsie: She didn't want to to make a fuss about it.

Karen: Uh, hm. Because there are a lot of people that just come to do research, isn't there?

Elsie: That's right, yes.

Karen: And just watch the loch for weeks on end.

Elsie: Yes, such a lot of people now.

Karen: But it'll never pop up just cause somebody that wants to see it.

Elsie: Don't know...

Karen: Bit canny, I think. Probably knows to get out of the way.

Elsie: I think it should be left alone.

Karen: Yeah, that's what we - it'd be really sad if they found it anyway. Because they'd try and do tests and things on it.

Elsie: That's true, they far too much in the Loch.

. Karen: (both talking) You know, they'd disturb it

Elsie: On it, actually. I think the beast, if it is there, and it must have more than one, because you couldn't live all those years -

Karen: It'd be a family, wouldn't it?

Elsie: Mmm

Karen: Mmm. A small family or something ...

Elsie: Bound to be. Don't know what it is....

Karen: Well, one of the other things that we're asking people as we move around because we're doing the route based on Boswell and Johnson as you might have heard, were 18th century travellers ...

Elsie: Excuse me?

Karen: Boswell and Johnson, Samuel Johnson, these two gentlemen that travelled round the Highlands and wrote it down, and published the book and that sort of made Scotland really popular with the English readers: And actually started people actually coming to Scotland to have a look at the, you know, natural beauty of it. Anyway, one of the things they were interested in when they travelled was that they believed that people in the Highlands had second sight. So one thing we're asking people as we go along is what they think about that now.

Elsie: I couldn't tell you.

Karen: Do you still think it exists?

Elsie: I'm not superstitious at all.

Karen: No? You're not superstitious?

Elsie: No.No.

Karen: Do you know people here who are?

Elsie: Yes, quite a few people are superstitious but ...

Karen: Because a lot of people have told us about the Brahan Seer.

Elsie: Brahan Seer. Oh yes, really and truly a lot of his things have come true.

Karen: Yes. That's what a lot of people have said.

Elsie: Yes, a lot of his things have come true.

Karen: Can you give us an example?

Elsie: Well he actually said when the seventh bridge would be built in Inverness, that the town would be flooded.

Karen: Right.

Elsie: Well, the streets and everything flooded there - I'm just trying to remember the number of years now, but - it was. They had out sandbags and everything.

Karen: Oh yes, I think I remember somebody telling me about that.

Elsie: Yes, and the old railway bridge was washed away wasn't it? At that flood. And it had to be replaced.

Karen: So that was one of the things he'd predicted?

Elsie: Yes. That was one of the things he said, that when the seventh bridge was built over the River Ness, that the town would be flooded.

Karen: That's quite good because a lot of people have spoken about him but no one's ever said, well here's an example of something that -

Elsie: Yes

Karen: - he said

Elsie: That's about the only one I know.

Karen: Do you speak any Gaelic?

Elsie: No. I only have one or two words and that's all.

Karen: OK, thanks very much then.