MacDonald (of Balranald)
Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael, inscribed on the inside cover with 'Alexander A Carmichael Inland Revenue Lochmaddy N[orth] Uist 15/7 1870 Note Book No 8'. The majority of this notebook contains material collected on Tarasaigh/Taransay from the MacDonalds at Paible House, Mor or Marion MacQueen and Donald MacKinnon including notes on the island's archaeology, local history and geographical changes, with stories of how coastal erosion revealed burial sites and renditions of the...
Dates: 15 July 1870 to 19 October 1871
Scope and Contents Note of lands belonging to Balranald which reads 'Cousmal, Scal belong Bal.raonil [Balranald] Peinn-mor + Hougearry' [Causamul, possibly Scolpaig, Baile Raghnail/Balranald, Peighinn Mhòr/Penmore, Hogha Ghearraidh/Hougharry all Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist]. Across the text is written in ink 'Transcribed into No I B[ook] p[age] 196 A. A. C [Alexander Archibald Carmichael] Creagorry 8 October 1875.' [Creag Ghoraidh, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula].
Dates: November 1873
Scope and Contents Stories collected from Roderick MacKenzie, carpenter, aged 68 years, Sruthan Ruadh, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist about Don[u]l Rua [Dòmhnall Ruadh], Somhairle Rua[dh] and Am Piocar Mòr. The first story tells how eighteen of the MacVicar ministers were buried in Caibeal Baile Raghnaill and that Dòmhnall Ruadh had permission to bury and build a wall around them but when the road was built he refused to let MacVicars be buried there. The second tells how Somhairle Ruadh was the son of 'nin Uistean...
Dates: 14 July 1870
Scope and Contents Story about Donl Bhailerail [Dòmhnall Dòmhnallach/Donald MacDonald of Balranald] stating that he used to visit a man who lived by the graveyard whose son 'was a sore tyrant' and who by their appearance - riding on black horses with white fronts, dressed in green - were fairies. Donald requested a meeting with him at Crao-mhor ['the stump of a thornbush'], Bhailerail [Baile Raghnill or Baile Raghnaill, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist], and after that he was never seen again. 'The man told him that he...
Scope and Contents Story about Lord Macdonald's heir and the MacLeans of Bororay [Boraraigh/Boreray] that the MacLeans looked after the heir from when he was born until he was seven years old, when he was returned home 'with a fold of cattle 12 milk cows and a bull' for which MacLean of Boreray got a new lease 'of 3 nineteen y[ea]rs'. The story tells how MacDonald reminded MacLean that he had to find a fold of cattle, MacLean reminded him that he had nineteen years of a lease to run, whereupon MacDonald cursed...
Dates: 10 July 1870
Two stories relating to the hangings in Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist and accompanying etymological note, 5 August 1870
Scope and Contents Two stories relating to the hangings in Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist and accompanying etymological note probably collected from an unnamed 'Orinsay woman' [Orasaigh/Oronsay] who Carmichael had met. The woman told him that that the name of 'La-le-an-tsamhrai' [Latha leth an t-samhraidh] had been changed to 'Laiilleain' [Latha 'Illeathain] because a MacLean had been hanged on that day. The story tells how a MacLean man had been entrusted with a poor woman's only cow for grazing but when her sons...
Dates: 5 August 1870