MacMhuirich (hereditary bards of Clanranald)
Found in 15 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Custom probably collected from Penelope MacLellan, Ormacleit/Ormaclete, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist which reads 'Going 3 times southwise of the cladh [graveyard] made a mare retain her foal, and this was done to all the mares in Uist [Uibhist]. Also notes that that Clann Mhuirich had a tearmad or sanctuary, which meant that when someone reached Clachan Staoligeary [Clachan Stadhlaigearraidh] they were safe.
Dates: 26 May 1869
Scope and Contents Family history and story about Clanvurich [Clann Mhuirich] Staoligeary [Stadhlaigearraidh/Stilligarry, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] probably collected from Angus Currie, pauper, Iocar [Ìochdar] describing the different lands held by different generations of the clan up until they lost Stadhlaigearraidh as the seventeenth generation to have lived there over three hundred and sixty years. The name of the last member of the clan to hold it was Niall mac Lachlain ioc Neill ioc Dhonil [Niall mac...
Dates: 29 October 1872
Scope and Contents Notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael containing field and transcribed material. The notebook is inscribed on the front inside cover with the following: 'Scrap Book MS No1 Alex[ander] Carmichael (of Lismore) Inland Revenue Lochmaddy N[orth] Uist] 1864'. On the recto side of the fly leaf is written 'Angus MacDonald Staoinebrig tale teller' and on the verso side of the fly leaf is written 'Bought at Drew's Saint columb Cornwall this 17 day of Nov[ember] 1864 A. A. Carmichael p2/3'....
Scope and Contents Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael containing primarily songs and stories collected in Miùghlaigh/Mingulay, Barraigh/Barra, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist and Eilean Leòdhais/Isle of Lewis. The main informants are Roderick MacNeil or Ruairidh an Rùma from Mingulay and Penelope MacLellan of Ormacleit/Ormaclete. The bulk of the material from MacNeil relates to the southernmost islands of the Hebrides and covers topics such as bird-fowling, the island way of life, place-names,...
Dates: c1868 to 16 June 1876
Scope and Contents Song entitled 'Donnacha MacCuilcein' probably collected from Angus Currie, Àird na Monadh, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist beginning 'Se Don MacC[uilcein], Thug tuil eir gach sad'. The song is composed of twenty-four lines. The accompanying note states that the song was composed by 'Nin Donil ioc Cathain (Nic Mhuirich)' about Donnacha MacCuilcein [Duncan MacQuilken], who built the first mill in Uibhist/Uist, damming the water at Tobha Mòr/Howmore whereupon 'a great flood came & covered all the...
Dates: 30 October 1872 and 5 October 1875
Song entitled 'Fail in ocha - Iomarbhaigh' and accompanying story, 19 October 1870 and 12 December 1883
Scope and Contents Song entitled 'Fail in ocha - Iomarbhaigh' [A Spaidearachd Bharrach] collected from Seonaid Churrai [Janet Currie], Staonabrig [Staoinebrig/Stoneybridge, Uibhist A Deas/South Uist] beginning 'Dhia s gaolach liom an gille, Gha bheil deiread agus gill-dhuinnead'. The song is composed of twenty six lines and has been scored through in ink with a transverse note reading 'Transcribed 12/12 1883 Book III 241 page A[lexander] C[armichael].' The accompanying story tells how MacNeill of Barra, possibly...
Dates: 19 October 1870 and 12 December 1883
Scope and Contents Story telling how O' Neil had a 'magnificent shirt' made which he would give to the person who composed the best poem. No one was able to win it from O' Neil until MacMhuirich arrived and he won it by reciting a poem beginning 'Thin[ig] mi a Al[ba] do dh Eir[inn], A dheo[gh] mhic O Nil a chois cliu'.
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'A Bhuileaistach' [MacMhuirich and the Beast] probably collected from John MacInnes, aged 70 years, Stadhlaigearraidh/Stilligarry, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist. The story tells how Niall Mòr MacMhuirich found a small creature and took it home. The creature's mother, a fearful beast came looking for her young. MacMhuirich threatened her and said that he would not give it back to her unless he built a bridge or causeway from him so that he could get to Lainginis [Langinish]. The beast...
Dates: 29 January 1875
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Clachan Lainginis', collected from Hector MacIosaig, Keanlangvat [Ceannlangabhat, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] - story of MacMhuirich and small animal and keeping it until mother has performed tasks for him
Dates: 4 April 1872
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Cugarbhad, 'Righ nan Cat'' collected from Niall Maceachain [Neil MacEachan], crofter, Towbeag [Tobha Beag/Howbeg, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] in which Macmhurich Mor Staoligearraidh [MacMhuirich mò from Stadhlaigearraidh/Stilligarry] is out hunting and his dogs kill Cugarbhat in a cave. A cat asks MacMhuirich if his dogs killed Cugarbhat three times and on each occasion grows larger eventually jumping at MacMhuirich's throat. One annotation has been made to the text in pencil.
Dates: 16 May 1872