MacDonald (of Sleat)
Found in 37 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Story about Sir Seumas Domhnallach [Sir Seumas Dòmhnallach or Sir James MacDonald] illustrating what a gentleman he was, as on his return from a trip to see the Pope his wife and children greeted him with warm milk and cream but he did not take any until he was asked to. It notes that he died in Rome over 100 years before [c.1769].
Dates: 26 March 1869
Scope and Contents Story probably collected from Margaret MacDonald, Malacleit/Malaclete, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist about Sir Seumas Ruadh and Am Morar Ban [Sir James MacDonald and Alexander MacDonald] that Sir Seumas's sons had 'robbed the peinteals of the sons of Somhairle Ban' and beaten them up causing Somhairle to flee to Ireland.The story continues that it was after Sir Seumas's time that the land was taken from 'MacCuinn Oirisy' [MacQueen of Orasaigh/Orasay] but it was not taken by his brother Am Morar...
Dates: 14 July 1870
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Alastair Arranach agus Alastair Auinn' which tells how Uistean Mor Mag Onail and MacLeod were travelling together and they met a woman in Arran with whom they both slept. She had twins but did not know who was the father of them so it was decided that the first son had been fathered by Uistean Mor who had slept with her first and the second by MacLeod. They boys were raised separately but the first time they met was when one was trying to push a boat into the water and the other...
Dates: 5 August 1870
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'An t-Each Ursunn' about a Maor Mòr who came over from Trotarnish [Trotternish, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye] to Baileshear [Baile Sear/Baleshare, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] to fetch the best horse [each ursunn] and horse-hair halter from a poor widow. When he stopped at Tobar Pheadair in Sollas [Solas] for water Seumas Òg, the son of Sir Seumas Rua [Sir Seumas Ruadh], went to chase him away and threatened to chop his head into the well except that the Maor Mòr's...
Dates: 24 March 1869
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Donl Gorm Sleibhteach' [Dòmhnall Gorm Slèibhteach, Donald Gorm MacDonald of Sleat] and accompanying song probably collected in Barraigh/Isle of Barra. The song begins 'Bha mi raoir an tul[lach] re[idh], 'S tha mi in thall a fhein a noc[hd]' and the story tells of how the ghosts of Donald Gorm and his sixteen kinsmen were due to visit Donald Gorm's son, who was a bad man. An old man advised him to turn all the chairs upside down and place pine candles around the table or he would...
Dates: 1870 to 1872
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Gilleaspa Dubh' [Gilleasbuig Dubh, Archibald MacDonald] collected from Mairiread NicIllean [Margaret MacLean], age 77, Ruimsgearry, North Uist [Reumisgarry, Uibhist a Tuath] about Gilleasbuig Dubh who killed both of his brothers for their inheritance as he was the youngest of the three. He invited his nephews and his brothers' widows to stay with him at Dun Scolpaig. He went hunting with his nephews on Lì [Lee] and was attacked by them, one cutting off his ear. They wrapped him...
Dates: 26 March 1869
Scope and Contents Verse possibly a curse collected from Penelope MacLellan, Ormacleit/Ormaclete, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist beginning 'Altrom ucair uacan [piuthair], Fear a mhiodacha mo chrocain'.
Dates: 27 May 1869