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Note entitled 'La Feill Mhicheil', 1894

Identifier: Coll-97/CW1/49

Scope and Contents

Note written by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'La Feill Mhicheil' [St Michael's Day or Michaelmas] describing how it was observed all over the country. Some of the traditions entailed, pregnant women visiting burial grounds 'Believing that the sanctimonious odour of the graves was sufficient to prevent premature birth' and that similarly mares in foal would go 'deasal a chlaidh' [sunwise around the graveyard] unbridled. 'Aodhstar' is noted as headgear for cock-fighting which also took place on Michaelmas, the losing cock would be given to the schoolmaster. Every township also had a ball 'and many a ball [was] terminated very suddenly, by a severe fright.' Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.


  • 1894

Language of Materials

English Gaelic

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 114 folios ; 14 x 20 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 15v, line 10 to folio 16r, line 24

Repository Details

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