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MacNeil (of Barra)


Found in 48 Collections and/or Records:

Story entitled 'Saothach Maoldonaich', September 1872

Identifier: Coll-97/CW90/149
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Saothach Maoldonaich' in which 'Fear Shanntrai' [Fear Shanndraigh/tacksman of Sanndray] finds a wrecked vessel and removes all the gold from it. He buried it in Caolas, Vat[ersay] [Bhatarsaigh/Vatersay] a grieve was also burying the cask of 14 gills. Both men died men 'died in a fever rather suddenly'. Property was left to MacNeil of Barra, his nephew, but when the creditors heard about it they wanted to take it. Fear Shanntraigh said he would build [a barrier of gold] from...
Dates: September 1872

Story entitled 'Slinneanac', September 1872

Identifier: Coll-97/CW90/170
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Slinneanac' [scapulimancy] in which Mac a Chreachain, butler, was asked to tell the future by MacNeil of Barra and reluctantly agreed, warning Ruari Breac [Roderick MacNeil] that Ciosmal [Caisteal Chiosmuil/Kisimul Castle] would end up in ruins. The story continues to tell more about MacNeil of Barra, his marriage to the daughter of MacLean of Duart and subsequent absence from the island. During his absence a signal came to the castle that a nobleman was there but no one went...
Dates: September 1872

Story relating to Dun Chalavy and MacNeil of Barra, 19 October 1871

Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/167
Scope and Contents Story collected from Rev Alex[ander] Campbell R.C. [Roman Catholic priest], telling how two men each described as a scion were wanted for their numerous robberies and raids. One of them lived at Dun Chalavy, Lochboisdale [Dùn Chalabhaigh/Castle Calvay, Loch Baghasdail, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist]. MacNeil was often told that his friend at Dùn Chalabhaigh had been caught but he never believed it. One day on being told this he asked what they had found in his dun and he was told 'that a groat...
Dates: 19 October 1871

Story relating to Fuday, 24 September 1872

Identifier: Coll-97/CW90/107
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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

Transcription notebook of Alexander Carmichael, 1865-1886

Identifier: Coll-97/CW7
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...
Dates: 1865-1886

Two stories about Raol mor mac ic Ailein, 20 January 1871

Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/152
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

Two stories about Ruary an tartair [Roderick MacNeil] and accompanying notes about Barraigh/Isle of Barra], 1867

Identifier: Coll-97/CW114/25
Scope and Contents Two stories about Ruary an tartair [Ruairidh an Tartair or Roderick MacNeil], the first being that when he had dinner he would send a servant to the top of He-eveall [Sheabhal/Heabhal, Barraigh/Isle of Barra] with a trumpet to proclaim as such, noting that 'Biola-creag was the badge on MacNeils livery' [Bual na Creige/Biulacraig, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay] and that it is the 'third if not the second highest [cliff] in Britain'. The second story tells how he went to challenge Rob Roy [MacGregor]...
Dates: 1867

Two stories relating to Cladh-Mhoire Nunton, 20 January 1871

Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/149
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...
Dates: 20 January 1871

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