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Song and story about the tacksman of Bernisdale, Skye by Gille na Ciotaig, 1877

Identifier: Coll-97/CW108/78

Scope and Contents

Song beginning 'Bod[ach] Bhearnasdail an Unais Innis' about the tacksman of Bernisdale [Bearnasdail/An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye] by 'Gille na Ciotaig' and composed of sixteen lines. The accompanying story is also given. The story tells of how Gille na Ciotaig, from South Uist [Uibhist a Deas] had his pony impounded by the tacksman of Bernisdale. He put half of the fine demanded of him on the gate of the poind and then sang 'Bodach Bhearnasdail'. The tacksman asked him to 'take back his half crown and never repeat his aoir [satire]'. The text of the song has been scored through perhaps indicating it has been transcribed elsewhere.


  • Creation: 1877

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 62 folios ; 23.5 x 19.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 21v, line 18 to folio 22r, line 21

Related Materials

Coll-97/CW108/81 - fair copy of this story.

GB 233 Acc. 9711, Box 9 /2/5 - William Matheson: Uist Notebook, Vol 2.


MacDonald, Keith Norman, The MacDonald Bards (Edinburgh, 1900) p. 41.

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