MacDonald, Alexander, fl 1861
Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:
'Oigh an Fhuilt Oir' [The maid of the golden hair], c 1861-1866
Scope and Contents Tale begins 'Bha sid uair gille agus dh'falbh e dh'iarraidh cosnaigh agus rainig e Sasunn.' Recorded from Alasdair Donnullach [Alexander MacDonald] at 'Gleannose', Isle of Skye on 5 November 1861. Includes additional comments by Carmichael from 1865 and 1866.
Dates: c 1861-1866
Poem entitled 'Corag Fhinn agus Mhanuis', 15 January 1866
Scope and Contents Poem entitled 'Corag Fhinn agus Mhanuis' [Comhrag Fhèinn Agus Mhanuis or The Fight of Fionn and Manus] collected from Alasdair Donullach [Alexander MacDonald], Boradh, Barra [Borgh/Borve, Barriagh/Isle of Barra]. The story is told in forty stanzas of four lines each. The first stanza begins 'Ce be bhiodh leinn a laoidh, Air an trai[gh] tha siar fo dheas'. MacDonald states that he heard the story from Eifrig Nic an Lias, 'shean mhaighdean' [old maid or spinster].
Dates: 15 January 1866
'Sgeul na Luireach' [The story of the breastplate], c 1861
Scope and Contents Tale beginning 'Bha fear ann uair agus bha aige seanar mhac. Chaochail e agas cha do dh'fhag e sian an t-shaoghail aig a mhic ach luireach.' Recorded from Domhnall MacCuithein [Donald MacQueen], Fernilea, Isle of Skye.
Dates: c 1861
Song entitled 'Duan an Deirg' and accompanying note, 16 February 1866 to 4 May 1869
Scope and Contents Song entitled 'Duan an Deirg' collected from Alasdair Donullach [Alexander MacDonald], crofter, Boradh, Barra [Borgh/Borve, Barraigh/Isle of Barra], composed of thirty-six stanzas of four lines each. The first verse begins 'Ailis dhuinn Oisein dhanaich, Mhic Fhinn shuaicne o righ ghradhiach'. An accompanying note states '948 since this came to Barra by the Lees na Liasaich'. A pencil calculation above indicates that '948' refers to the 948 AD. Written transversely on folio 24r is 'Transcribed...
Dates: 16 February 1866 to 4 May 1869
Song entitled 'Laoi Dhiarmaid', 16 February 1866
Scope and Contents Song entitled 'Laoi Dhiarmaid' collected from Alasdair Donullach [Alexander MacDonald], crofter, Borgh/Borve, Barraigh/Isle of Barra, composed of twenty-four stanzas of four lines each. The first stanza begins 'Eisdeibh beag mas aill leibh laoi, Air a mhuinntir a dh-falbh uainn'. A transverse note on folio 21v reads 'Transcribed'.
Dates: 16 February 1866
Song entitled 'Laoidh na Muireartaich' and accompanying note, 15 January 1866
Scope and Contents Song entitled 'Laoidh na Muireartaich' collected from Alasdair Donullach [Alexander MacDonald], crofter, Borgh/Borve, Barraigh/Isle of Barra, composed of forty-nine stanzas of four lines each. The first stanza begins 'La dha'n Fhinn air tulach Oirill, Gaurac Eirinn mu tiomchioll'. The accompanying note explains how the Muireartach was Rìgh Lochlann's [King of Norway] nurse and the wife of Lon Mhic, the Lochlann's chief blacksmith, who made Fionn's sword. The song was composed for making the...
Dates: 15 January 1866
Story about Dearg, 16 January 1866
Scope and Contents Story about Dearg which gives rise to the origin of 'lamh dhearg nan Donllach' [the red hand of the MacDonalds] and the MacDonald's moniker as 'siol Chuinn'. The story tells how Dearg, a Fenian warrior, has two children a strong, handsome son and a beautiful girl. He encounters a young woman and asks her if she will marry his son. She reluctantly agrees but when she sees how big and strong he is and realises that he has still to grow and will become bigger and stronger she is afraid and runs...
Dates: 16 January 1866
Tale beginning 'Bha duin uasal ann uair agus bha mac dligheach agus mac diolain aige. . ' [There once was a gentleman and he had a lawful and an unlawful son…], c.1862
Scope and Contents Tale begins 'Bha duin uasal ann uair agus bha mac dligheach agus mac diolain aige. Se an Gillemadh mor agus an Gillmade beag bha orra'. Recorded by Donnul MacCuiein [Donald MacQueen] of 'Fearun a le' [Fernilea], Isle of Skye on 30 January 1862.
Transcription notebook of Alexander Carmichael, 1864-1869
Scope and Contents Transciption notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael. The inside front cover is inscribed in ink with 'Bought at Wadebridge Cornwall Dec[ember] 1 1864 p 1/6 A A Carmichael' and the opposite page has 'A A Carmichael' written on it in pencil. The notebook contains Fenian songs or tales mainly collected in Uibhist a Deas/South Uist and Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula, some of which are repeated in full or in part. These include 'Laoidh na Muileartaich', 'Duan an Deirg' and 'A' Bhraoin Chaorain'....