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MacRury, John Ewen, c1853-1909 (Torlum | Benbecula)

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List of six 'Seanfhocail' [proverbs], 1895

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW1/84
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List of six 'Seanfhocail' [proverbs] written down by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula mostly relating to animals. The text has been scored through in pencil as if transcribed elsewhere.

Dates: 1895

Note entitled 'Bionach or Biorach', 1894

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW1/48
Scope and Contents Note written by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'Bionach or Biorach' describing different words used for horses at different stages of their lives in An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye, Na Hearadh/Isle of Harris, Uibhist/Uist and Barraigh/Isle of Barra, including how Bionach' in the Isle of Skye becomes 'Biorach' in Uist and Barra. Also the use of 'Isean an eich' for a foal until six months of age when they become 'Spriodach' or 'foal searach'. He states that a horse...
Dates: 1894

Note entitled 'Butterfly', 1894

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW1/45
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Note by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'Butterfly' describing how the 'Dalan De' of golden colour if seen flying over a corpse signifies that their spirit is in heaven. The superstition only applies to this particular kind of butterfly. Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.

Dates: 1894

Note entitled 'Coithean or Cuman', 1894

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW1/50
Scope and Contents Note by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'Coithean or Cuman' about making pails for milking. The size of the 'bleoghean' varied according to the number of cattle to be milked in the fold. 'There were twelve staves in it a black and white in succession and the twelveth (sic) was five or six inches higher and thicker at the top. It was the handle.' If the staves of a 'Coithean' showed their original colour then the milkmaid was deemed 'clean and tidy and qualified to make...
Dates: 1894

Note entitled 'Cuthag' [cuckoo], 1894

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW1/42
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Note by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'Cuthag' [cuckoo] describing how if early in that morning a cuckoo called between two houses occupied by the same family, one or more of them sleeping an outhouse, then ''there was a separation & coolness to exhist between them'. Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.

Dates: 1894

Note entitled 'Fuath', 1894

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW1/41
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Note by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'Fuath' describing it as a invisible spirit deemed an omen that a family will lose all their possessions shortly. It appears in a whirl wind, secluded places or 'at wakes of wicked people'. Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.

Dates: 1894

Note entitled 'Granet, Granite', 25 February 1895

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW1/89
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Note written down by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'Granet, Granite' which reads 'Greoid is the gaelic (sic) in Lews (sic) for Granite, There is fine granite in Dalbeg in Barvas, but in Uig there is only the usual bastard granite.' [Eilean Le├▓dhais/Isle of Lewis]

Dates: 25 February 1895

Note entitled 'La Feill Mhicheil', 1894

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW1/49
Scope and Contents Note written by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'La Feill Mhicheil' [St Michael's Day or Michaelmas] describing how it was observed all over the country. Some of the traditions entailed, pregnant women visiting burial grounds 'Believing that the sanctimonious odour of the graves was sufficient to prevent premature birth' and that similarly mares in foal would go 'deasal a chlaidh' [sunwise around the graveyard] unbridled. 'Aodhstar' is noted as headgear for...
Dates: 1894

Note entitled 'Lus an acrais', 1894

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW1/43
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Note by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'Lus an acrais' describing it as a 'dangerous plant' which will sicken people. 'it grows from "Night Soil" produced from food taken without grace or other signs of thankfulness. If a person step[s] over or very near it, it has effect on them.' Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.

Dates: 1894

Note entitled 'Mian-fuail', 1894

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW1/44
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Note by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'Mian-fuail' describing it as 'a drop of "fual" or "wine" direct from either sex if put in any eatables would create or kindle a spark of flaming love in the bosom of the party taking it.' Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.

Dates: 1894

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Vocabulary 29
Language 28
Tales 22
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Sayings 12
Superstition 10
Cattle 7
Family History 7
North Uist Inverness-shire Scotland 7
Animals 5
Fairies 5
Isle of Barra Inverness-shire Scotland 5
Isle of Lewis Ross and Cromarty Scotland 5
Names 5
Poems 5
South Uist Inverness-shire Scotland 5
Torlum Benbecula Inverness-shire Scotland 5
Biography 4
Birds 4
Charms 4
Death 4
Loss (of people or things) 4
Songs 4
Uig (parish) Isle of Lewis Ross and Cromarty Scotland 4
Argyllshire Scotland 3
Family 3
Horses 3
Isle of Harris Inverness-shire Scotland 3
Isle of Skye Inverness-shire Scotland 3
Love 3
Trees 3
Butterflies 2
Cairinis North Uist Inverness-shire Scotland 2
Charming 2
Children 2
Divination 2
Etymology 2
Fish 2
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Hogha Gearraidh North Uist Inverness-shire Scotland 2
Inheritance and Succession 2
Inverness-shire Scotland 2
Magic 2
Milk 2
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North Uist (parish) Inverness-shire Scotland 2
Nunton Benbecula Inverness-shire Scotland 2
Physical Characteristics 2
Placenames 2
Protection 2
Seaweed 2
Snakes 2
Women 2
Wool 2
Ammonoidea 1
Animal behaviour 1
Baile Raghnill North Uist Inverness-shire Scotland 1
Baile na Cille Uig (parish) Isle of Lewis Ross and Cromarty Scotland 1
Balivanich Benbecula Inverness-shire Scotland 1
Barabhas Isle of Lewis Ross and Cromarty Scotland 1
Beards 1
Beverages 1
Birdsongs 1
Blankets 1
Blessings 1
Blood 1
Bohuntine Kilmonivaig (parish) Inverness-shire Scotland 1
Bonnie Prince Charlie | 1720-1788 1
Buteshire Scotland 1
Carpentry 1
Clothing and dress 1
Cnoc na Glas-aibhne Benbecula Inverness-shire Scotland 1
Cockfighting 1
Cooperage 1
Courtship 1
Creag Earnaig Benbecula Inverness-shire Scotland 1
Crinan Canal Argyllshire Scotland 1
Crodh mara (sea-cattle) 1
Crofting 1
Dail Beag Barvas (parish) Isle of Lewis Ross and Cromarty Scotland 1
Dervaig Kilninian and Kilmore (parish) Isle of Mull Argyllshire Scotland 1
Dialects 1
Diseases 1
Disputes 1
Dreams 1
Drowning 1
Evil eye 1
Fertility 1
Fire 1
Fires 1
Friendship 1
Funeral Rites and Ceremonies 1
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Gifts 1
Granite 1
Growth 1
Healing 1
Hogmanay 1
Horses--Breeding 1
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