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Stories about John Morison, tacksman of Bragar and Roderick Morison, An Clàrsair Dall, including two poems, 1873

Identifier: Coll-97/CW105/34

Scope and Contents

Story noted as being 'heard from a old man in Shiabost Lewis [Shawbost, Eilean Leòdhais] who spoke all he spoke in sean fhacail' about Iain mac Urach 'ic Ailein [John Morison], Shiabost and a servant girl who went missing having said she was afraid to go to the well alone. He went to the well but was pulled down by a man who told him to go to Stornoway [Steòrnabhagh] and meet with Mac Coinnich Bhra'ain [The Brahan Seer] and ask for Siatar na h-Airde [Shiabost bho Thuath/Shawbost, Eilean Leòdhais] for three years. Morison did this and got Siatar na h-Airde and had four sons, three of whom became ministers and the remaining one became a harpist 'An Clàrsair Dall' [Roderick Morison, The Blind Harper]. Roderick was sent to Ireland and afterwards worked for MacLeod of Dunvegan [Dùn Bheagain, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye]. When he returned his mother did not recognise him and recited a poem beginning 'Cha tig fuar gun tig earrach'. John Morison asked men to meet at the end of harvest but they left before he got home and he responded with a few lines beginning 'Ma dh'fhalbh ad ni mhiste liom'.


  • 1873

Language of Materials


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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 92 folios ; 20.1 x 16.4 cm

Physical Location

folio 58v, line 5 to folio 58r, line 20


Matheson, WIlliam (ed.),The Blind Harper (An Clàrsair Dall) (Edinburgh, 1970), pp. xxxix and 216

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