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Note about wells and duns in the area known as 'Tir-Unga' on the Isle of Barra, 24 September 2871

Identifier: Coll-97/CW90/103

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Note about wells and duns on Isle of Barra [Barraigh]. Carmichael mentions that no one could pass Tobar nam Buadh without drinking from it for good luck; that there are stairs going down underground at Dùn Chnoc nan Ceann at Cille Bharra, between Ciolla [Chiall] and An Tuirc and that this area was known as 'Tir-Unga'. Also noted are the uses made of duns and their stones and a legend about a battle fought at Bogach na Fala, which is near Dùn an Dudaire. A battle was fought there and 'anoth[er] to be fo[ugh]t & blood will cover the place till it fills the shoes'. Other archaeological sites mentioned are Dùn Sgaireval [Dùn Sgùrabhal], Tobar Chaluim Chille, Tangasdail [Tangisdale], Tràigh Chraigein on the south side of Eoligarry [Eòlaigearraigh] and Dùn Crannag, Dùn Loch an Dùin.


  • Creation: 24 September 2871

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From the Series: 72 folios ; 12.7 x 20 cm