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Song entitled 'Taigh Mor Thunga' and accompanying note, 22 May 1871

Identifier: Coll-97/CW7/16

Scope and Contents

Song entitled 'Taigh Mor Thunga' collected from Roderick MacNeill also known as 'Ruarai mac Dhonuil' or 'Ruarai an ruma' (on account of a hogshead of rum he found on the shore 'from the contents of which he nearly died'), Miuleidh [MiĆ¹ghlaigh/Mingulay]. The song begins 'Gu m beannaicheadh Dia Taigh mor Thunga, 'S fhad o chualas'. Carmichael notes 'Ruarai heard this poem from his father who heard it in America where he had been as leine-chneis with Macneill of Barra during the America War' and that both men survived to return to Barra and tell tales of their time there 'many of these which he [Ruarai] narrated very circumstantially'. The text appears to be incomplete and Carmichael has a number of words marked with question marks.


  • Creation: 22 May 1871

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 39 folios ; 26.3 x 22.1 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 24v, line 1 to folio 25v, line 4

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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