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Story about a blacksmith on Aoi [Iona], 1901

Identifier: Coll-97/CW110/46

Scope and Contents

Story about a blacksmith on Aoi [Ì Chaluim Chille/Iona, Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire] in St Columba's time. The blacksmith did not need to use tongs as he could hold the hot iron in his hands. He went to Mull [Muile] where he saw a beautiful woman with a cow. When he returned he said they should buy a cow and Calum Cille [St Columba] said 'Far am bi bo bith bean far am bi bean bith buair[eadh]' [Where there's a cow, there's a woman, and where there's a woman, there's trouble]. After that the smith could no longer hold the hot iron. The text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.


  • Creation: 1901

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 122 folios ; 16.5 cm x 21 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 16r, line 4 to folio 16r, line 19


Nicolson, Alexander, (ed.), A Collection of Gaelic Proverbs and Familiar Phrases Based on MacIntosh's Collection (Edinburgh, 1882) p. 179.

Repository Details

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