The Black Elf, a little man believed to be of fairy origin who
killed Sir Lachlan Mor M’Clean in 1598 at the battle of TraiGruinard
in Islay, Scotland. According to legend this little man
offered his services to Sir James Macdonald, the opponent of
Sir Lachlan, and that the latter’s death was caused by an arrow
that struck him on the head, afterward found to be an elf bolt
(see also elf arrows). In answer to a question of Macdonald’s
the little man said, ‘‘I am called Du-sith, and you were better to
have me with you than against you