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Story about the MacCrimmons, MacLeods and Campbells and the rental of Boirrireig, June 1887

Identifier: Coll-97/CW89/166

Scope and Contents

Story about the MacCrimmons, MacLeods, Campbells and the rental of Boirrireig [Boraraig/Borreraig/Boreraig, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye] telling how the MacCrimmons had Boraraig for free as pipers to the MacLeods but now the rental is one or two hundred pounds. Glaisvein [A' Ghlas Pheighinn/Glasphein] was used by the Campbells for keeping hawks, which lead to this 'tribe' of Campbells being called 'Na Seocairean'. A John Nicolson told the informant that 'Na Seocairean' were 'teolach [teaghlach or family] a Bharrabhric' [Campbells of Barbreck] and that there were more Campbells in MacLeod country than MacLeods. When MacLeod stopped hunting with hawks there was no need for 'na Seocairean' but the rent they paid was '7 y[a]rds clo-breac for hose'. Each line of text has been scored through horizontally.


  • Creation: June 1887

Language of Materials

English Gaelic

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 53 folios ; 17.2 x 10.5 cm