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Song entitled 'Dhuisg Mo Leannan Mi' and accompanying story entitled 'Sorcha An Or-fhuilt A Chaidh Fiadhan Eir Na Feidh' or 'Clara of the Golden Hair That Went Wild With the Deer', 28 March 1871

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW7/15

Scope and Contents

Song entitled 'Dhuisg Mo Leannan Mi' and accompanying story entitled 'Sorcha An Or-fhuilt A Chaidh Fiadhan Eir Na Feidh' or 'Clara of the Golden Hair That Went Wild With the Deer' collected from Duncan MacDonald, age 86, crofter, Snaisebhal, South Uist [Sniseabhal/Snishival, Uibhist a Deas]. The story tells of two young lovers on South Uist who are forbidden to marry. The young woman goes mad, runs away from home and is discovered living naked with deer on Ben More [Beinn Mhòr]. Despite many attempts no one is able to bring her back home until her lover goes looking for her. He finds her but instead of running away from him, she sings the song and then dies in his arms. The story varies as to whether or not he carries her home and he then dies of exhaustion or if he leaves her to get assistance but dies of exhaustion when he gets home. Carmichael notes 'Duncan Macdonald, an interesting, intelligent old man, says that this story is true and that the thing really happened much as he has narrated it.' He also notes 'There are various versions of this story, located in various places.' There are additions to the text in pencil and in ink. A note on folio indicates that the story has been transcribed elsewhere.

Dates

  • 28 March 1871

Language of Materials

Gaelic,English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.

Extent

From the Series: 39 folios ; 26.3 x 22.1 cm

Physical Location

5.07

Physical Location

folio 21v, line 1 to folio 24r, line 19

Related Materials

Coll-97/CW1/13 - another version of this song.

Bibliography

Carmichael, Alexander, Carmina Gadelica, vol. IV (Edinburgh, 1941), pp. 328-337.

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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