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Poem beginning 'Gao an iar thar na Feiste' and accompanying note, June 1887

Identifier: Coll-97/CW89/179

Scope and Contents

Poem beginning 'Gao an iar thar na Feiste, Ceo is uisge' which is described as having been composed by Màiri Nighean Alasdair Ruaidh to the MacDonalds after a meeting at Rodail [Roghadal/Rodel, Na Hearadh/Isle of Harris] at which the MacLeods and MacDonalds quarrelled. A vocabulary note reads 'Foirich = Pestle'. Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.


  • Creation: June 1887

Language of Materials

Gaelic English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 53 folios ; 17.2 x 10.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 37v, line 9 to folio 38r, line 6


Black, Ronald, 'I thought he made it all up: Context and Controversy' in Stiubhart (ed.), Alexander Carmichael: Life and Legacy (Port of Ness: Islands Book Trust, 2008), pp. 65-68
Carmichael, Alexander, Carmina Gadelica, vol. IV (Edinburgh, 1941), pp. 356-359
Nicolson, Alexander, A Collection of Gaelic Proverbs and Familiar Phrases based on MacIntosh's Collection 2nd, edition, (Edinburgh, 1882), p. 390

Repository Details

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