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Story entitled 'Gilleaspa Dubh', 26 March 1869

Identifier: Coll-97/CW107/37

Scope and Contents

Story entitled 'Gilleaspa Dubh' [Gilleasbuig Dubh, Archibald MacDonald] collected from Mairiread NicIllean [Margaret MacLean], age 77, Ruimsgearry, North Uist [Reumisgarry, Uibhist a Tuath] about Gilleasbuig Dubh who killed both of his brothers for their inheritance as he was the youngest of the three. He invited his nephews and his brothers' widows to stay with him at Dun Scolpaig. He went hunting with his nephews on Lì [Lee] and was attacked by them, one cutting off his ear. They wrapped him in a goatskin and brought him home. They told Gilleasbuig's wife that they'd caught a big, brown stag 'Mharbh sin[n] damh mor donn' but his wife recognised it as him. The nephews got the inheritance and Gilleasbuig Dubh was buried in the [chimney of the] church on the north east [of the island].


  • 26 March 1869

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 68 folios ; 20.5 x 16.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 35r, line 1 to folio 36r, line 5


MacDonald, Angus and MacDonald, Archibald,The Clan Donald, vol III(Inverness, 1904) pp 11-16.
ed. MacPhail, J R N and MacDonald, Hugh Highland Papers vol I (Scottish History Society)

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