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MacNeil (of Barra)

 Family

Found in 48 Collections and/or Records:

Song entitled 'Is Ann A Ghabh Mi Mo Chead' and accompanying note, 23 March 1871

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW7/14
Scope and Contents Song entitled 'Is Ann A Ghabh Mi Mo Chead' collected from Catrina Pearson [Catherine Pearson or MacPherson] pauper, Ceanntangbhal, Barrai [Ceanntangabhal/Kentangaval, Barraigh/Barra] beginning ''S ann a ghabh mi mo chead dhiot, A cheist nam fear oga'. The song has seven verses. The accompanying note states that the song was composed by the daughter of Donald son of MacNeil of Barra to James MacDonald of Clanranald, who got Boisdale [Baghasdal, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] after the MacNeils and...
Dates: 23 March 1871

Song entitled 'Oran Mhic ic Ailen' and accompanying story, 23 March 1871

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW119/10
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

Song entitled 'Taigh Mor Thunga' and accompanying note, 22 May 1871

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW7/16
Scope and Contents Song entitled 'Taigh Mor Thunga' collected from Roderick MacNeill also known as 'Ruarai mac Dhonuil' or 'Ruarai an ruma' (on account of a hogshead of rum he found on the shore 'from the contents of which he nearly died'), Miuleidh [Miùghlaigh/Mingulay]. The song begins 'Gu m beannaicheadh Dia Taigh mor Thunga, 'S fhad o chualas'. Carmichael notes 'Ruarai heard this poem from his father who heard it in America where he had been as leine-chneis with Macneill of Barra during the America War' and...
Dates: 22 May 1871

Song entitled 'Tuiream' and accompanying story, September 1872

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW90/125
Scope and Contents Song entitled 'Tuiream' [Dirge] beginning 'Cuim nach togain guth ard eir ledai mo leinibh mo chaomh'. The accompanying story includes a note on the lineage of MacNeil of Barra.
Dates: September 1872

Story about An Carra Bhoradh, 21 May 1869 to December 1870

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW150/10
Scope and Contents Story about An Carra Bhoradh collected from Don M Phie [Donald MacPhee], blacksmith, Breuvaig [Brèibhig/Breivig, Barraigh/Isle of Barra]. The stone [An Carra Bhoradh] is described as having been used as a brangas and its dimensions noted. MacPhee tells how iron was put through the hole in the stone and then around the neck of the 'delinquents'. The last woman to be put in the brangas was Mairi Thaillear [Nic an t-Saoir] [Mary MacIntyre] from Allasdale [Allathasdal] because she had stolen sheep....
Dates: 21 May 1869 to December 1870

Story about Caibeal Bharra, September 1872

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW90/159
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

Story about Calum Cille [St Columba] and his travels around the islands of Scotland and Blàr na Cuigeal, September 1872

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW90/131
Scope and Contents Story about Calum Cille [St Columba] and his travels around the islands of Scotland probably collected from James Campbell, fisherman, Ceanntangabhal/Kentangval, Barraigh/Isle of Barra. The story notes that the castle on Loch Tangasdail was built by St Clair [Dùn Mhic Leòid, Loch Tangasdale, Barraigh/Isle of Barra], that St Clair married a woman from Kintail [Ceann Tàile, Ros is Cromba/Ross and Cromarty] and that he had eight hundred men who fought for him, although none of the men were from...
Dates: September 1872

Story about Coinneach Odhar [The Brahan Seer], 3 January 1872

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW90/9
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

Story about how MacNeil died in Gearrynamoine, 19 October 1871

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/168
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

Story about 'Iain Og mac Mhic ic Neil', 1867

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW114/61
Scope and Contents Story collected from Roderick MacNeil, aged 88, crofter, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay about 'Iain Og mac Mhic ic Neil' [Iain Òg mac Mhic ic Neill] telling how when a shipwreck occurred off Vaslan [Vaslain, Barraigh/Isle of Barra] he sent people to get a doradh [dorgh or handline] to save the people who had been on board. Stones were put on the end of the lines and it was these stones which killed the people when thrown to them. The survivors told the king that Iain Òg had killed them and the king said...
Dates: 1867