people spoke Gaelic. There are some Gaelic words which
were only found on St Kilda. These came from the seabird
harvest and included :
- lon - a climbing rope made of strips
of plaited animal skin
- mogais - an anchor, made with heavy
stones in a seal-skin sack
- crathadh - the usual way of killing
a bird by dislocating its neck
- faire - literally 'nightwatch'.
A hunter would wear dark clothes with a white cloth
tucked under his throat. This way, he tricked razorbills
coming in to roost on the islands at night into thinking
he was another razorbill, so he could catch them.