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Story under the heading 'Roin' about Odar and an archaeological dig, c1875

Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/27

Scope and Contents

Story under the heading 'Roin' about Odar and an archaeological dig collected from Niell MacCuiein [Neil MacQuien or MacQueen], crofter and tailor, Middlequarter, North Uist [Ceathramh Meadhanach, Uibhist a Tuath]. The story tells how Odar requested that half of the Haisgeir [Theisgeir/Heisker/Monach Isles] seals should be buried with his head and the other half divided amongst the eight pennylands in Scolpeig and Chill a Pheadair [Scolpaig, Cille Pheadair/Kilpheder] noting that some of the seals would contain sixty pints of oil. In addition MacQuien tells how An Dotair Bàn [Dr MacLeod] of Baileanloin [Baile Lòin/Balelone] and two men dug at Griminish [Griminis] for two days in search of Odar's head as it was said to have been buried there 'So circumstantial is the tradition related and so firmly believed in N[orth ] Uist regarding this hero's capture and decapitation and burial'.


  • Creation: c1875

Language of Materials

English Gaelic

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 183 folios ; 20 x 23.8cm