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Copy of a manuscript about the MacDonalds of Sleat and accompanying note, 9 April 1866

Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/7

Scope and Contents

Copy of a manuscript about the MacDonalds of Sleat and North Uist, including stories about the sons of Hugh MacDonald of Sleat viz Donald Galloch, Trotternish and Sleat [An t-Eilean Sgitheanach], Donald Herrach [Hearach], Griminish, North Uist [Griminis, Uibhist a Tuath] and Gillespig Duh [Gilleasbuig Dubh]. How Gilleasbuig Dubh murdered both of his brothers is recorded as is the subsequent revenge of his nephew. Also recorded are the lands that families subsequently occupied and whether there are people who claim to be descended from these families. The movements of Ranald Mac Dhonuil Herrich [Raghnall mac Dhòmhnaill Hearaich] from Uibhist/Uist to Ireland and back is also recorded as is his demise at the hands of Donald Gruamach's steward. The manuscript was dated as being written at Kalin in May 1837 by J[ames] M[a]cD[onald]. The accompanying note reads 'Copied by Peter Bain Preventive man from a MS [manuscript] lent me by Mr Donald MacDonald Keallin son of the late Lieut[enant] James MacDonald who wrote the MS' [Ceallan/Kallin, Griomsaigh/Grimsay]. Carmichael also notes that he compared the copy with the manuscript.


  • Creation: 9 April 1866

Language of Materials

English Gaelic

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 183 folios ; 20 x 23.8cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 42r, line 1 to folio 45r, line 23


MacDonald, Rev. A. and MacDonald, Rev. A., The Clan Donald, vol. III (Inverness, 1904).
Munro, R. W. and Munro, Jean, ‘MacDonald family (per. c.1475–1616)’,Oxford Dictionary of National Biography , Oxford University Press, 2004 [, accessed 19 Jan 2011]

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