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Story about 'A bhraoin chaorain' [The Rowan Hostel], 3 April 1866

Identifier: Coll-97/CW104/17

Scope and Contents

Story about 'A bhraoin chaorain' [The Rowan Hostel]. Written transversely across the initial text is information about the informant from whom this story was collected it reads, 'Mairi Nic Aonais, Taigharry N Uist 3 April 1866 Chual ise so aig a h-athair brathair do "Ruarai Ruadh" an ceistear' [Màiri Nic Aonghais/Mary MacInnes, Tigh Ghearraidh/Tigharry Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist heard this from her father brother of Ruaraidh Ruadh the catechist]. The story tells how Fionn arrives at the Rowan Hostel and realises he is under a spell. He calls for the Fenians to help him and Diarmaid comes with fellow warriors to rescue him. He gets to Conan and thinks about leaving him behind. The Rowan Hostel has twelve doors with beautiful gates, twelve rooms and twelve fires. On entering them, the fires turn to snow and their legs are frozen - an enchantment set by the Lochlannaich [Vikings].The story concludes with Diarmaid rescuing one of the Fionn by scooping him up and leaving the skin on his chair.


  • 3 April 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 39r, line 6 to folio 40v, line 4

Related Materials

GB 233 NLS ADv.MS.72.1.34, ff. 1-24

Coll-97/CW104/16 - also about the Rowan Hostel


Campbell, John Francis, (ed.), Leabhar na Féinne, vol I (London, 1872) pp. 86-88.
Bruford, Alan, 'Gaelic Folk-Tales and Mediæval Romances: A Study of the Early Modern Irish 'Romantic Tales and Their Oral Derivatives', Béaloideas (1966), p 251.

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