The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #108085   Message #2246257
Posted By: Bonecruncher
27-Jan-08 - 12:54 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Silkie (as sung by Anne Lister)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Silkie (as sung by Anne Lister)
There is a congenital defect of the hands and feet, syndactyle, where the fingers or toes are fused together like flippers. Due to intermarriage this was, at one time, common in the Shetland Islands.
In years gone by it was said that a child with this defect was the result of a union between the mother and a seal.
Colyn.