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Story entitled 'An t-Each Ursunn' and accompanying song, 24 March 1869

Identifier: Coll-97/CW107/33

Scope and Contents

Story entitled 'An t-Each Ursunn' about a Maor Mòr who came over from Trotarnish [Trotternish, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye] to Baileshear [Baile Sear/Baleshare, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] to fetch the best horse [each ursunn] and horse-hair halter from a poor widow. When he stopped at Tobar Pheadair in Sollas [Solas] for water Seumas Òg, the son of Sir Seumas Rua [Sir Seumas Ruadh], went to chase him away and threatened to chop his head into the well except that the Maor Mòr's pregnant wife got between them and Seumas Òg let him go saying to the wife, 'I give him his life not for his own useless carcass but for your sake'. Sir Seumas Ruadh lived in a house or castle at Sollas, which was taken down about 70-80 years previously [c1789-1799] because it was dangerous. The story is concluded with a song which begins 'Mo [riaraite] thu am aire'. Part of the text has been scored through as if to indicate it has been transcribed elsewhere.


  • Creation: 24 March 1869

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 68 folios ; 20.5 x 16.5 cm