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Song beginning 'B[h]on thainig mi dhan duthaich so gur beag mo shunt ri ceol' and accompanying story, 1860

Identifier: Coll-97/CW109/10

Scope and Contents

Song probably collected in An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye beginning 'B[h]on thainig mi dhan duthaich so gur beag mo shunt ri ceol' ['Thug mi gaol do'n t-seĆ²ladair']. Carmichael writes that the song was composed the previous summer (1859) by Anna MacLeod to a handsome young sailor called Donald Peaton [Beaton or Paton]. While Anna was singing the song, Donald's mother came into the house and fell into a swoon because Donald had been drowned. On reviving, she asked Anna to sing the song again, saying that she would give her some wool if she did. Anna refused because Donald's parents had not wanted them to marry. The text of this story has been written upside down.


  • Creation: 1860

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 3 notebooks of 80 folios ; 21 x 25 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 32r, line 1 to folio 31v, line 12


Sinclair, Archibald, An t-Oranaiche (Glasgow, 1879), pp. 182-184
Whyte, Henry (ed.), The Celtic Garland (Glasgow, 1881), pp. 28-31
MacKay, John, ed., The Celtic Monthly, vol. 1, no. 2 (Glasgow, 1892), pp. 22-23

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