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Note entitled 'Bionach or Biorach', 1894

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 is at its best at seven and a mare at nine 'As long as the four leggs (sic) of the animal are right and the inside sound good feeding and cleaning will build up the frame.' Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.


  • Creation: 1894

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 114 folios ; 14 x 20 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 15r, line 1 to folio 15v, line 9

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