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Song entitled 'Laoidh na Muireartaich' and accompanying note, 15 January 1866

Identifier: Coll-97/CW104/5

Scope and Contents

Song entitled 'Laoidh na Muireartaich' collected from Alasdair Donullach [Alexander MacDonald], crofter, Borgh/Borve, Barraigh/Isle of Barra, composed of forty-nine stanzas of four lines each. The first stanza begins 'La dha'n Fhinn air tulach Oirill, Gaurac Eirinn mu tiomchioll'. The accompanying note explains how the Muireartach was Rìgh Lochlann's [King of Norway] nurse and the wife of Lon Mhic, the Lochlann's chief blacksmith, who made Fionn's sword. The song was composed for making the sword and was how the Muireartach came from Lochlann [Norway] in pursuit of her husband the blacksmith. The note at the end of the song makes the connection between it and 'Duan na Ceardach' [Lay of the Smithy] and 'Còrag Fhinn agus Mhanuis' [The Fight between Fionn and Manus].


  • Creation: 15 January 1866

Language of Materials

English Gaelic

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 91 folios ; 20 x 16.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 17r, line 1 to folio 21r, line 18

Related Materials

Coll-97/CW104/4 - a version of the story Comhrag Fhionn agus Mhanuis or The Fight Between Fionn and Manus.

Coll-97/CW104/5 - a fragment of this song.


Campbell, John Francis, (ed.), Leabhar na Féinne (London, 1872) pp 68-71.
Campbell, Rev. John G., 'The Muileartach, a West Highland Tale', The Scottish Celtic Review, vol II (1881) pp. 115-137.
Campbell, Rev. John G.,The Fians Or Stories, Poems And Traditions Of Fionn And His Warrior Band (London, 1891), pp. 131-158.
Campbell, John Francis, (ed.), Popular Tales of the West Highlands, vol III (,) pp. 122-146.
MacBain, Alexander and Kennedy, Rev. John., (eds.)Reliquae Celticae, vol I (Inverness, 1892) pp. 276-278.

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