MacNeil (of Barra)
Found in 41 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 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 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 Story probably collected from Roderick MacNeil, aged 88, crofter, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay which tells how MacLean of Duart's daughter was married to MacNeil of Barra that they did not get on together. They travelled to see her father in Am Muile/Isle of Mull but on their return she asked to stop in the Sound of Mull/An Caol Muileach to collect some dulse. When she was ashore MacNeil abandoned her and she was drowned on the rocks. On his return home, MacNeil married the daughter of Fear-Chean...
Scope and Contents Note about the building of Ciosmal [Caisteal Chiosmuil/Kisimul Castle, Barraigh/Isle of Barra] which reads 'Ciosmal built about 1440 or thereby - by an earl of Bute for his daughter married to a MacNeill of Barra'. The text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.
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 Note and story about Ciosmaol [Caisteal Chiosmuil/Kisimul Castle, Barraigh/Isle of Barra] collected from Roderick MacNeil, aged 88, crofter, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay stating that it was built by a Ruari Breac and was left by Ruari Breac [both Roderick MacNeil of Barra]. The first was married to a daughter of the Earl of Bute who was visited by a woman from Boradh [Borgh/Borve] with some new butter [as payment to her landlady]. She complained of having to live on a rock in the sea where she could not...
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...