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Biographical notes on the poet Uilleam Ros [William Ross], 14 March 1866

Identifier: Coll-97/CW104/23

Scope and Contents

Biographical notes on the poet Uilleam Ros [William Ross] collected from Alastair Mac Coinnich [Alexander MacKenzie], Loch Uisge-bhadh [Loch Uiskevagh, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula] originally from Gearrloch [Geàrrloch/Gairloch, Ros is Cromba/Ross and Cromarty], including how he met Alastair's mother [Mary MacKenzie], for whom he wrote 'Moladh na h-Oighe Gaelaich'; how shortly before he died, Ross burned all his books; about the relationship between him and Mor Ros, for whom he wrote many poems and who eventually married an army officer called Mr Clough; some notes about Mor's family and how she died having been badly burned on the same night as Ross died in Gairloch; about gathering Ross's works for publication and the erection of a monument to him. Mary MacKenzie's death and burial place is also noted.


  • Creation: 14 March 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 91r, line 20 to folio 88r, line 8

Related Materials

Coll-97/CW104/11 - refers to Mary MacKenzie being the woman mentioned in one of William Ross's poems.


Henderson, George, The Norse Influence on Celtic Scotland, (Glasgow, 1910), pp.324-326.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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