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Story about Gille na Ciotaig and accompanying song 'Bodach Bhearnasdail', 1877

Identifier: Coll-97/CW108/81

Scope and Contents

Fair copy of a story entitled 'Gille Na Ciotaig' about a poet, related to Lord MacDonald who was originally from North Uist but who had to go and live in South Uist [Uibhist a Deas] because he had satirised the proprietor in North Uist [Uibhist a Tuath] for 'some act of oppression'. He travelled with his horse all around the Highlands and Islands and once when visiting a friend in Bearnasdail [Bernisdale, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye] his horse got loose and ended up in the corn of the tacksman of Bearnasdail, who was 'a miser and a churl'. The tacksman demanded money for the return of the horse and for the damage the horse had done. Gille-na-Ciotaig put half a crown on the gate of the poind as was legally required, got his horse and then began to sing a satire. The tacksman begged him to take his money back and never to sing it again, saying he was welcome any time. Gille-na-Ciotaig went on his way, still singing the satire. The song he sang, 'Bodach Bhearnasdail', beginning Bodach Bhearnasdail an Innis (Uinis?)' is also given as a fair copy and is composed of twenty-three lines arranged in four stanzas.


  • Creation: 1877

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 62 folios ; 23.5 x 19.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 23r, line 1 to folio 24r, line 24

Related Materials

Coll-97/CW108/78 - field copy of this story.

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

Repository Details

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