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Song entitled 'Laoi Alast Dhuinn' and accompanying notes, 28 October 1872

Identifier: Coll-97/CW106/95

Scope and Contents

Song entitled 'Laoi Alast Dhuinn' [Laoidh Alasdair Dhuinn] collected from Arch[ibald] Currie, aged forty-six years, Airdnamona Ioca[r] [Àird na Monadh, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] beginning 'Duisg a cholan as do chadal, S fhada n oiche noc gu suan duit'. The song is composed of eighty-six lines. The accompanying notes tell how Alasdair Donn was a Boisdale MacDonald [Baghasdal], who lived about five hundred years before and who was dead for twenty-four hourse, then rose, sang the song and then lay down dead as before. Currie states that he heard the song when he was one and a half years old. There two small, triangular drawings next to the song. There is also a note for Carmichael to 'See Barbarbra (sic) (old) at Drimsdale [Dreumasdal] [she] has this "laoi".' The text has been scored through in two different inks and written transversely across the first page of text is 'Transcribed into Book III page 190 A{lexander] A[rchibald] Carmichael Creagorry 17th Oct[ober] 1875' [Creag Ghoraidh, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula].


  • Creation: 28 October 1872

Language of Materials

English Gaelic

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 117 folios ; 20 x 16.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 27r, line 1 to folio 29r, line 16


Cameron, Rev. Alexander (comp); MacBain, Alexander & Kennedy, John (eds.), Reliquae Celticae: Texts, Papers and Studies in Gaelic Literature and Philology, vol 1: Ossianica; vol. 2 Poetry, History and Philology (Inverness: Northern Chronicle, 1892-1894, ii, pp. 404-406.

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