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Transcription notebook of Alexander Carmichael, 1883 to 1885

Identifier: Coll-97/CW87

Scope and Contents

Transcription notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael containing material collected between October 1867 and December 1885. The material dated from 1883 to 1885 was probably written down at source. The notebook is marked as 'No IV' and the inside cover gives his address as 30 Royal Circus, Edinburgh [Dun Eideann] and the date as 16 November 1883. The material transcribed and collected in this notebook includes love songs, religious songs, waulking songs and songs relating to cattle. Much of the notebook contains cattle lore, including charms for healing diseases or finding lost animals. There are also charms for healing human ailments, notes about plants used for healing both humans and animals and stories about occasions on which charms were used. There is also some information on island birdlife and notes on vocabulary are present throughout the notebook. In many instances details about the life and families of the informants are given. Key informants in the notebook are Captain Malcolm MacLeod, Loch nam Madadh/Lochmaddy, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist; Mòr Hiortach [Marion MacDonald], Hiorta/St Kilda and An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye; Catherine MacIntosh, Stadhlaigearraidh/Stiligarry, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist; Donald MacDonald, Griminis/Griminish, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula; and Mary MacRae, Caolas Stiadar/Sound of Stiadar, Na Hearadh/Harris.


  • Creation: 1883 to 1885

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This material is unrestricted.


41 folios ; 18 x 23 cm