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Story entitled 'Am Britheamh Leothasach', c1862

Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/11

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Story entitled 'Am Britheamh Leothasach' collected from Coinneach Moireastan [Kenneth Morrison], Trithean near Carbost [Trien, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye]. The story tells how Am Britheamh Leòdhasach was a very bad man and that he once had a dream that John MacLeod was going to decapitate him. He went to MacLeoid Leothais [MacLeòid Leòdhais or MacLeod of Lewis] and told him about his dream. MacLeod asked him what to do about it and Am Britheamh suggested rounding up all the John MacLeods they knew and killing them. Sixteen John MacLeods had been killed when Iain Garbh Mac 'Ille Chaluim arrived and told Am Britheamh that his dream would come true and swiftly pulled out his sword and chopped off Am Britheamh's head in a single blow. Iain Garbh was also a MacLeod and so Am Britheamh Leòdhasach's dream came true.


  • Creation: c1862

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From the Series: 183 folios ; 20 x 23.8cm