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Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael, c1872-1893

Identifier: Coll-97/CW126f

Scope and Contents

Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael. The marjority of the notebook relates to material collected in Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire but there are a number of loose leaves at the end which contain an account of a journey from Uibhist/Uist through An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye, during which time his wife, Mary is in Edinburgh and is pregnant. There are eight blank folios at the end of the notebook.

Much of the material in this notebook was collected from Duncan MacNiven, retired schoolmaster at Airds near Taigh an Uillt/Taynuilt, including a number of tales relating to Baile an Deòra/Balindore and Fear Bhaile an Deòir and the legend of the creation of Loch Obha/Loch Awe by an unattended, overflowing well. A number of the tales refer to the Battle of Culloden or to veteran so of Culloden and there are stories relating to the MacEachen family of Tobha Beag/Howbeg, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist and the Duke of Tarentum. There is also a considerable amount of genealogical information on the Livingstone families of An Appain/Appin and Lios Mòr/Lismore. Throughout the notebook Carmichael picks up on placename etymologies and vocabulary. There are also notes of address for people or businesses in Edinburgh and Glasgow, notes of references to published works of interest to him and some notes copied from published sources.


  • Creation: c1872-1893

Language of Materials

English Gaelic

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


35 folios ; 20.2 x 14.5 cm

Physical Location


Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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