MacNeil, Alexander, c1787-1881 ([Alastair mac Ruari bhain MacNeill ]; fisherman | Kentangaval | Isle of Barra)
Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael containing field and transcribed material. The notebook is inscribed on the front inside cover with the following: 'Scrap Book MS No1 Alex[ander] Carmichael (of Lismore) Inland Revenue Lochmaddy N[orth] Uist] 1864'. On the recto side of the fly leaf is written 'Angus MacDonald Staoinebrig tale teller' and on the verso side of the fly leaf is written 'Bought at Drew's Saint columb Cornwall this 17 day of Nov[ember] 1864 A. A. Carmichael p2/3'....
Scope and Contents The tale 'Nighean Righ Eirinn' recorded from Alasdair MacNeil, Barra, on 13 February 1866. Begins 'Bha righ ann an Eirinn uair agus bha e . ..' 'Needs correcting A.C.C.' is written at the top of the first page, and 'For Mr Campbell of Islay's acceptance' is written in the margin.
Dates: c 1870
Scope and Contents Prayer entitled 'Smaladh an Teine' probably collected from Mòr Maclean [née MacNeil, Borgh/Borve, Barraigh/Isle of Barraigh] beginning 'Smal mis noc an teine, Mar a smal C[riosd] an aitheal'. The accompanying biographical note states that Mòr is the wife of Murdoch Maclean, who is descended from the MacLeans of Duart [Isle of Mull], and the daughter of Alexander MacNeil of Kentangaval [Ceann Tangabhal]. She is noted as being 'a woman of fine voice understanding and a beautiful singer'. The text...
Scope and Contents Song entitled 'Laoi na Ceard[a]ich' [Laoidh na Ceàrdaich] collected from Alex[ander] MacNeill, Keantangval [Ceanntangabhal/Kentangaval, Barraigh/Isle of Barra]. A gap in the manuscript indicates that the beginning of the song has not been recorded with the first lines noted down beginning, 'Cha ruig [ceo] orm eir cheart eigin, Sgod da eid eir a obair'. The song is composed of twenty four lines, many of which are incomplete.
Dates: 27 March 1870
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'An Gruagach Ban Mac Righ Eireann' collected from Alastair mac Ruari bhain MacNeill [Alexander MacNeil], saillear eisg or fish salter, Ceanntangval Barra [Ceanntangabhal/Kentangaval, Barraigh/Isle of Barra]. The story tells how..... Some of the pencil text has smudged and is difficult to read. The accompanying note states that MacNeil heard the story from his father when he was a boy and that he is now seventy two years of age. Carmichael notes that he 'Wrote this tale while...
Dates: 22 March 1871
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'An t-Og Chraobh' collected from Alasdair Mac Neil [Alexander MacNeil], fisherman and crofter, Ceanntangvall, Barra [Ceanntangabhal/Kentangaval, Barraigh/Isle of Barra] written on 13 February 1866. Folios 10r to 11v contain text written transversely over the main text and starts from folio 11v. The transverse section of text appears to have been recorded from Lachunn Donullach [Lachlan MacDonald], cottar, Eilean Ghrimiseidh (Ceallun) Uist a Tuath [Ceallan/Kallin,...
Dates: 13 February 1866
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Bhalantaidh us Horsantaidh' collected from Alasdair Mac Neil [Alexander MacNeil], Ceantangbhall [Ceanntangabhal/Kentagaval, Barraigh/Isle of Barra]. The story begins with Rìgh Lochlann's daughter being married off to an emperor and being accompanied to her new home by only one kinsman. The emperor's house priest falls in love with her and while the emperor is hunting, he declares his love for her and expects her to reciprocate. She refuses to do so and locks up the priest until...
Dates: 18 January 1865
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Mac Righ Sorach' collected from Alasdair Mac Neil [Alexander MacNeil], Ceantangbhall [Ceanntangabhal/Kentagaval, Barraigh/Isle of Barra]. The story tells of how Mac Rìgh Sorach wanted to build [stepping stones?] between Maol-donach and Bhatarsa [Maol Dòmhnaich and Bhatarsaigh/Vatersay]. He and his servant each took a stone but he noticed that his servants was much bigger than his. Realising that his servant was much stronger than he was he stopped the work. The two stones can...
Dates: January 1865
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'....