MacNeil (of Barra)
Found in 9 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 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 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 Place-name story for Sloc na Beiste [Sloc na Bèiste, Beàrnaraigh/Berneray] probably collected from Roderick MacNeil, aged 88, crofter, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay, telling how when Berneray was uninhabited, the crew of a boat came ashore for water but left behind a young man called MacGillecharra who had fallen asleep. Finding himself he went to Ciosamul [Kisimul Castle, Barraigh/Isle of Barra] and met MacNeil of Barra's wife who happened to be a MacLean and of the same kin. She gave him a wife and...
Scope and Contents Story and notes collected from Roderick MacNeil, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay telling how 'Barra one year made a rent of £14,000' and how MacNeill [MacNeil of Barra] came over fourteen days before Lunasdal stayed until '14 days of Foghar'. No one dared to go to Lianamal [Liànamul] before he came. The measurements of feorlig and peighinn are noted according to how many [barrels] are paid in rent according to feorlig or peighinn. The story states that 'All were taken from Lianamal. After that MacNeill...
Dates: 23 May 1869
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Ciosmal', collected from John Peirsean [John Pearson or MacPherson], Keantangval [Ceann Tangabhal/Kentangaval, Barraigh/Isle of Barra], concerning the origin of Ciosmal [Caisteal Chiosmuil/Kisimul Castle] telling how after Niall Glùn-dubh succeeded to the chieftaincy of MacNeil of Barra, he discovered he had been married as a child to the Earl of Bute's daughter. The marriage was consummated, and the earl visited his now pregnant daughter. On the earl's approach, his daughter...
Dates: 23 March 1871
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Mac a' Chreachaire, faisneachd Clann Neill' collected from Donald MacPhee, blacksmith, Brèibhig/Breivig, Barraigh/Isle of Barra telling of the man who lived at Ciosmal Castle [Caisteal Chiosmuil/Kisimul Castle] with the MacNeils who made prophecies. When he prophesied that the castle 'would yet be a garrai biasta dugha' MacNeil was so angry with him, that he banished him to Maoldonaich [Maol Dòmhnaich] where he lived and died. 'The to[bh]ta he had & the plot he cult[ivated]...
Dates: 21 May 1869
Scope and Contents Story relating to Fuday [Fuideigh] in which the illegitimate son of MacNeil of Barra, Mac an Amhuris, avenges the abduction of his daughter by Lochlannaich [Vikings] by going to Fuday and killing them all. The remains of the Lochlannaich periodically washed up on shore. Two boys found gold on Fuday, which, after the death of their father, who had persuaded them to keep the gold, they used to buy property in Cape Breton, Canada following their emigration.
Dates: 24 September 1872