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Story about a young man keeping vigil over his mother's corpse, 29 January 1875

 Item
Identifier: Coll-97/CW106/122

Scope and Contents

Story probably collected from John MacInnes, aged 70 years, Stadhlaigearraidh/Stilligarry, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist which tells of a young man whose mother dies but before she dies she makes him promise that he and only he will keep watch over her body. When the time comes he is very frightened and is unable to rest while keeping watch. The skipper of a passing vessel sees him and asks him if he has a Bible. He gives him a cockerel and a candle and advises him to put the cockerel on the table and the candle in the middle of the Bible.

Dates

  • 29 January 1875

Language of Materials

English Gaelic

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.

Extent

From the Series: 117 folios ; 20 x 16.5 cm

Physical Location

5.07

Physical Location

folio 46v, line 12 to folio 49r, line 2

Bibliography

Gillies, William, 'Alexander Carmichael and Clann Mhuirich', Scottish Gaelic Studies, Vol. XX (2000) pp.1-66.
Gillies, William, 'Alexander Carmichael and the Folklore of the MacMhuirich Poets', in Domhnall Uilleam StiĆ¹bhart (ed.), The Life and Legacy of Alexander Carmichael (Port of Ness, 2008), pp. 96-114.

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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