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Song entitled 'Cumha Mhic an Toisich', 25 September 1872 and 4 January 1876

Identifier: Coll-97/CW90/126

Scope and Contents

Song entitled 'Cumha Mhic an Toisich' [Cumha Mhic an Tòisich or MacIntosh's Lament] collected from Mor Nic Neil, daughter of Alexander MacNeil, Ceantang[abhal] [Marion MacNeil, Ceanntangabhal/Kentangaval, Barraigh/Isle of Barra] beginning ''S mise bhean mhul[adach] giulan a churaic'. The song is composed of sixty-five lines, mostly set out as four line stanzas. The text has been scored through in ink and a note written transversely across the first page of text reads 'Sent to the Highlander 4th Jan[uar]y 1876'.


  • Creation: 25 September 1872 and 4 January 1876

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 72 folios ; 12.7 x 20 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 49r, line 4 to folio 50v, line 4

Related Materials

GB237/Coll-97/CW90/128 - the background story for this item.


Carmichael, Alexander, Carmina Gadelica, vol. VI (Edinburgh, 1971), pp. 346-359.
Carmichael, Alexander, 'Cumha Mhic-an-Toisich', The Highlander, vol. IV, no. 165 (3 July 1876), p. 5.

Repository Details

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