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Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael, August 1903 to July 1904

Identifier: Coll-97/CW178

Scope and Contents

Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael, which he used to collect material mainly from a Mary MacRae, Dùnan, Letterfearn, Ros is Cromba/Ross and Cromarty, Ciorstan MacLean née Cameron, Leideag, Barraigh/Isle of Barra and Margaret Campbell née Stewart and her husband Andrew, tinkers at Bohespic, Siorrachd Pheairt/Perthshire. There are twenty folios the first fourteen of which contain text. Most of the material was collected from Mary MacRae, who sang several waulking songs and lullabies, the lullabies being songs with coded warnings to the audience. Ciorstan MacLean told Carmichael about some burial customs on Barraigh/Isle of Barra and he recorded some vocabulary there too. Before the material collected from the Campbells begins, Carmichael records some geological and geographical notes about sgeirean/skerries, a waulking song from an unknown informant, a custom from Cataibh/Sutherland about the Oidhche an Dà Shuipear [Night of the Two Suppers] and some Perthshire place-names. Margaret and Andrew Campbell provide Carmichael with many words and phrases from tinker's cant, some of which seem to be recorded with uncertainty. He also collects several proverbs and verses from them. The last informant is Eliza MacPherson, Morningside, Dùn Èideann/Edinburgh, who tells him a story about her mother's milking cow being bewitched so that it immediately stopped producing milk. Throughout the notebook proverbs or vocabulary relating to weather have been recorded.


  • Creation: August 1903 to July 1904

Language of Materials

English Gaelic

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


20 folios ; 21 x 17 cm