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Story entitled 'Mor Hiorteach (More correctly) Mor Iorteach' and accompanying song, 1883

Identifier: Coll-97/CW87/5

Scope and Contents

Story entitled 'Mor Hiorteach (More correctly) Mor Iorteach' [Mor Hiortach] and accompanying song noted as being collected from Mrs Captain MacLeod [Ann MacLeod], Lochmaddy [Loch nam Madadh, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] on 26 February 1869 and from others. The story describes how Mor was a very beautiful woman, unusually tall for a St Kildan with a beautfiul singing voice. She married Norman MacDonald 'Tormaid Saor', an t-òr-cheard [travelling goldsmith] and carpenter, Trumpan, Vaternish, Skye [Bhatairnis, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach]. Ann MacLeod states that she knew Mor very well and she was probably 'the most beautiful woman she ever saw'. The note concludes with the remark that Mor's son Aonas Dounullach [Angus MacDonald], who lived at Gesto, Skye composed a song 'Ochoin a ri 'us gur mi ta muladach']. The song given begins 'Mo ghaol oigear a chul-doinn' and is composed of five lines.


  • Creation: 1883

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 41 folios ; 18 x 23 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 4r, line 1 to folio 5r, line 21

Related Materials

Coll-97/CW87/6 and Coll-97/CW87/7


Carmichael, Alexander, Carmina Gadelica, vol II (Edinburgh, 1900) pp 319

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