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Story about a poor Benbecula man building an airidh [sheiling] on South Uist

Identifier: Coll-97/CW90/46

Scope and Contents

Story about a poor Benbecula [Beinn na Faoghla] man building an airidh [sheiling] on South Uist [Uibhist a Deas] collected from Hector MacIosaig [Hector MacIsaac], Kean Langabhat, Iochdar [Ceann Langabhat, Ìochdar, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist]. The story tells how he came to Stoneybridge [Staoinebrig] and saw that others went to Hellisdale [Sheileasdal] to make an airidh there as fish and milk were so plentiful. He decided to go a little further to Glen Liadail [Gleann Liathdail] but he and his son were chased away by three large-chested men. They went to Bealach Rosgairt [Bealach Crosgard] but the same thing happened again and the place was known afterwards as 'Airidh na h-aon Oidhche'. The story also contains vocabulary relating to herding sheep and cattle.


  • Creation: 1870 to 1872

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 72 folios ; 12.7 x 20 cm