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Song entitled 'Duan Callaig' and accompanying custom, 20 November 1873

Identifier: Coll-97/CW7/28

Scope and Contents

Song entitled 'Duan Callaig' [The Song of Hogmanay] collected from Gilleaspa Donnullach [Archibald MacDonald], shoemaker, Bailanloch, Uist a Chinn a Tuath [Baile Loch/Baleloch, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] beginning 'Nist o thainc sinn an duthaich, A dh'urachadh dhuibh na Callaig' and comprising seven verses. Additions have been made to the text in pencil. The custom describes how the 'luc-callain went sun-wise three times round the house' and in Uist [Uibhist] where the 'luc-callain' may be anything as many as ten or fifteen people, the leader would wear a dried cow hide as they went around the house making a noise and striking the hide.


  • Creation: 20 November 1873

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 39 folios ; 26.3 x 22.1 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 31r, line 1 to folio 31v, line 10


Carmichael, Alexander, Carmina Gadelica, vol. I (Edinburgh, 1900), pp. 152-155.

Repository Details

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