MacNeil (of Barra)
Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:
Account of a fishing trip around Mingulay with accompanying place-name notes, descriptions and stories, 23 May 1869
Scope and Contents Account by Alexander Carmichael of a fishing trip around Miulay [Miùghlaigh/Mingulay] with accompanying place-name notes, descriptions and stories. Carmichael notes geographical features such as high points, caves, rocks or arches; archaeological sites such as dùns or graveyards; places people have used for looking after livestock or catching birds and fish, noting breeding grounds or habits of some birds; and sea-faring items such as the conditions of the sea or navigation techniques. One...
Dates: 23 May 1869
Scope and Contents Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael, noted as being 'Bought at St Columb, Cornwall, 30 Nov[ember] 1864 pr[ice] 2/3'. The back inside cover contains a note probably collected as part of excise duties which reads 'Rod[erick] MacPhie Mast of boat 21.8 [-] 1.2½ [-]'. The notebook contains one insertion. The majority of the notebook contains lore relating to Miùlaigh/Mingulay mostly collected from Roderick MacNeil, crofter, aged 88, known as Ruairidh an Rùma. Roderick MacNeil also...
Dates: 1864 to
Scope and Contents Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael containing the stories 'Rocabarrai' and 'Cugarbhad'; some songs and song fragments; customs relating to religious festivals, particularly on the Isle of Barra; stories about the MacNeil of Barra; stories and archaeological notes on Castle Beagram [Caisteal Bheagram, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist]; cattle charms and stories about the Lochlannaich [Vikings]. As well as archaeological notes on chapels and cemeteries the majority of the notebook entries...
Dates: 1870 to 1872
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 about Tunga stating that it was built of masonry and that the MacNeils killed 'all the natives' [of Barraigh/Isle of Barra]. The last of these people was a man called Gillios who 'had the nature of the sitheachs & used to run into the holes like rabbits'.
Dates: 24 September 1972
Scope and Contents Notes and story about the Lochlannaich [Vikings] probably collected from Roderick MacNeil, aged 88, crofter, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay telling how they lived on Fuda [Fuidheigh/Fuday] and were killed there by Mac an Amhrais, an illegitimate son of MacNeil of Barra to prove, at MacNeil's request, that he was his son. The informant states, 'The Lochlannaich at one time owned all these islands,' and had a king called Barp 'who was the embodi[ment] of al that was fierce cruel and murderous'. When he died...
Scope and Contents Notes on the wells Tobar Bhri'it [Bridgit], Sanntrai [Sanndraigh/Santray], Tobar Eachinn [Tobar Eachainn, Bhatarsaigh/Vatersay] and the graveyard Tota Chrissein at Cuir [Cuier/Cuidhir, Bhatarsaigh/Vatersay]. Tobar Eachainn is named after Eachin mac mhic ic Neil and noted as 'cover[ed] over with slats beyond Vatersay Ho[use]'. Tota Chrissein is noted as being used 'in Mr Alastair's time. He put his first child in it'.
Scope and Contents Story about Caibeal Bharra [Cille-Bharra, Barraigh/Isle of Barra] that its stones were used by Colonel [Roderick] MacNeil to build roads and dykes in Eoligarry [Eòlaigearraidh], on the advice of a mason named [Peter] Dawson, and that the colonel never prospered after that. Carmichael describes the chapel as having been 'high & large. Full of skulls & bones taken up fr[om] the graves'. The story has been scored through lightly in pencil.
Dates: September 1872
Scope and Contents Story collected from Rev Alexander Campbell, priest, Bornais/Bornish, Uibhist a deas/South Uist, telling how MacDonald of Boisdale was always trying to catch MacNeil of Barra. One day he and his men lay hidden under heather in the bottom of a boat of women. MacNeil fell for the trap and Boisdale caught him. When they landed at Kilbride [Cille Bhrìghde] MacNeil escaped and so Boisdale and his men pursued him. While they were passing through Gearrynamoine [Geàrraidh na Mònadh/Garrynamonie] 'a man...
Dates: 19 October 1871
Scope and Contents Story about the Lochlannaich [Vikings] and MacNeils which tells how the Lochlannaich built Caisteal Loch Thangastail [Dùn Mhic Leòid, Barraigh/Isle of Barra] and MacNeil's daughter married one of them and lived in the dun there. MacNeil wanted to kill the Lochlannaich because they were getting on in the country so he found out from his daughter what their weakness was and subsequently attacked them at night killing them all. MacNeil's daughter was pregnant and bore a son called Cailein or Caleb...
Dates: 24 September 1872