MacNeil (of Barra)
Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:
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 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 Fragment of a poem beginning 'Is mithich dhuinn nis bhi triall, As Barra Chrian nach d fhas pailt' and accompanying note which reads 'Sligean [shell] used for drinking Creachain used on Sunday in on top of Ruaival by Prof Blackie Mr Jolly + self.'
Dates: June 1887
Scope and Contents Song beginning 'Thoir am bain[ne] bho dhonn, Thoir e gu trom s gu torrach' [Taladh na Banachaig or The Milkmaid's Lullaby] probably collected in Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula. Text has been written over with 'Trans[cribed] B[ook] II p[age] 166 A[lexander] A[rchibald] C[armichael] Creagorry 8 Oct 1875'. [Creag Ghoraidh/Creagorry, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula].
Scope and Contents Story collected at Gramsdall [Gramasdail/Gramsdale, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula] about Coinneach Odhar [The Brahan Seer] telling how following a dream he had, he got his powers of prophesy from a stone in a box he had found on the strand. Later he threw the stone into a loch near Loch Ness and it was said that when the stone is recovered all his prophesies will come true. The story also lists several of Coinneach Odhar's prophesies relating to Uist and Barra including the presence of grey geese...
Dates: 3 January 1872
Scope and Contents Story written down by John Ewen MacRury entitled 'A Sealladh mu dheireadh a Roca-Barraidh' [The last sighting of Rocabarraigh] telling how the island of Rocabarraigh was seen many years after it sank after it had been prophesied by an old man. The old man's family thought he had died but managed to rouse him and he told them what he had seen. In his vision he had wrestled with a man from Rocabarraigh, who threatened to sink Barraigh/Barra, whereupon every sort of fish would wash up on the shore...
Scope and Contents Transcription notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael containing mainly Fenian songs and cattle charms. Most of the charms relate to cattle and working in the dairy and so are recited for the protection and healing of cattle, although there are some charms for protecting and healing people as well. A number of the charms include the use of medicinal plants, for which there is additional vocabulary. Carmichael also includes charms and customs for predicting marriage partners. Almost all of...
Scope and Contents Two stories collected from Hector MacLeod, aged 85, at Caisteal Bhuirgh/Borve Castle, Lionacleit/Linaclate, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula about Raol mor mac ic Ailein [Raghnall Mòr mac 'ic Aileain or Ranald MacDonald of Clanranald]. The first story tells of a foster-brother of Nighean Mhic Neill came from Barraigh/Isle of Barra to visit her at Caisteal Borgh but unable to get across the ford he stayed at a shoemaker's house. In the morning, a miosgan ime was placed on the table and the Barrach...
Dates: 20 January 1871
Scope and Contents Two stories collected from Hector MacLeod, aged 85, at Caisteal Bhuirgh/Borve Castle, Lionacleit/Linaclate, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula telling how Cladh-Mhoire Nunton [Baile nan Cailleach] had a roof which was burned the same night as all other church roofs were burnt in Scotland for reasons which remain a mystery. 'No such secret as this was ever Kept. Nothing is know[n] of it.' The first person to be buried there was Bard dugh mhic Neill Bharrai [Bàrd Dubh Mhic Neill Bharraigh] who fell ill...
Dates: 20 January 1871