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Two poems and custom entitled 'Geaslanac na Callaig', 24 September 2010

Identifier: Coll-97/CW90/112

Scope and Contents

Two poems and custom entitled 'Geaslanac na Callaig', the first poem begins 'Mas a gao[th] an ias a Challaig iasg us aran' while the second one begins 'Mi direadh leis an ardorus s mi tearna leis an tusan'. The custom tells how on Hogmanay, the caisean-uchd [breast-strip] was lighted and swung round the head of each member of the household three times and if the light went out, it would mean that the person would die that year. The text has been scored through in ink as if transcribed elsewhere.


  • Creation: 24 September 2010

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 72 folios ; 12.7 x 20 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 44r, line 15 to folio 44v, line 17


Campbell, John Gregorson, The Gaelic otherworld : John Gregorson Campbell's Superstitions of the Highlands & Islands of Scotland and Witchcraft & second sight in the Highlands & Islands (Edinburgh, 2005) pp.532-535.

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Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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