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Story about Coinneach Odhar [The Brahan Seer], 3 January 1872

Identifier: Coll-97/CW90/9

Scope and Contents

Story collected at Gramsdall [Gramasdail/Gramsdale, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula] about Coinneach Odhar [The Brahan Seer] telling how following a dream he had, he got his powers of prophesy from a stone in a box he had found on the strand. Later he threw the stone into a loch near Loch Ness and it was said that when the stone is recovered all his prophesies will come true. The story also lists several of Coinneach Odhar's prophesies relating to Uist and Barra including the presence of grey geese and white sheep; that a battle would be fought at Cladach a' Chaolais/Claddach Kyles after which the raven would drink the blood of fallen men from the hill at Clach Mhòr a Che [both Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] and about MacNeil of Barra and the 'maor nan ordagan mor' who wrote with his left hand. The story has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.


  • 3 January 1872

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 72 folios ; 12.7 x 20 cm