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Field notebook of Alexander Carmichael, 1870 to 1872

Identifier: Coll-97/CW90

Scope and Contents

Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael containing the stories 'Rocabarrai' and 'Cugarbhad'; some songs and song fragments; customs relating to religious festivals, particularly on the Isle of Barra; stories about the MacNeil of Barra; stories and archaeological notes on Castle Beagram [Caisteal Bheagram, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist]; cattle charms and stories about the Lochlannaich [Vikings]. As well as archaeological notes on chapels and cemeteries the majority of the notebook entries are on duns, especially on the Isle of Barra, South Uist and the Isle of Harris, including some diagrams of their structures, descriptions of their situations and stories about how they were named or used. Also contains dog tax lists for North Uist, collected by Robert Urquhart, preventive officer and colleague of Carmichael.


  • Creation: 1870 to 1872

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


72 folios ; 12.7 x 20 cm

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired by the University of Edinburgh in 1949.

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm: Mic.Dup.1146/6

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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