MacNeil (of Barra)
Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:
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 Song collected from Donald MacPhee, blacksmith, Brèibhig/Breivig, Barraigh/Isle of Barra, beginning 'Hu ru o na hi oro, Na nam faite Seathain ri fhuasgla[dh]' [Seathan Mac Rìgh Èireann] composed of fifteen lines. The story tells how the song was composed by an aunt of MacLeod of Harris to MacNeill Dhun an t-Sleibh [Dùn an t-Sleibh, Barraigh/Isle of Barra], her husband. She alleged that a priest had tried to take advantage of her in the confessional the response to which was that the priest...
Dates: 21 May 1869
Scope and Contents Song collected from Marion MacNeil, Gleann/Glen, Barraigh/Isle of Barra, beginning 'Thig an trius eir fheara, Thig ort pair mhath phiosta'. The song is composed of twelve lines, has a number of amendments and has been scored through in ink as if transcribed elsewhere. The accompanying note states that the song was said to have been composed by a daughter of MacLean of Bororay [Boraraigh/Boreray] to Ruary an Tairtair [Roderick MacNeil].
Dates: 21 May 1869
Scope and Contents Song entitled 'Fath Mo Mhulaid A Bhi Ann' beginning 'Fath mo mhulaid a bhi ann, Mi air m uilinn anns a ghleann'. The song is composed of forty three lines and has been arranged in couplets. The accompanying note reads 'Probably this song was composed by a daughter of Macneill of Barra living in a mainland glen'.
Scope and Contents Song entitled 'Oran Mhic ic Ailen', collected from Catrina Pearson [Catherine Pearson or MacPherson], Keantangval [Ceanntangabhal/Kentangaval, Barraigh/Isle of Barra] beginning 'Sann a gha[bh] mi mo chead dhiot, A cheist nam fear oga'. The song is composed of fifty-eight lines. The accompanying story tells how the song was composed by the first James of Boisdale, who was the first person to get Boisdale after the MacNeils of Barra had it. His relationship to the MacDonald of Clanranald who was...
Dates: 23 March 1871