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Story under the heading 'Roin' about Mac Iain 'ic Uistean and a mute man, c1875

Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/38

Scope and Contents

Story under the heading 'Roin' about Mac Iain 'ic Uistean and a mute man. The story tells how Mac Iain 'ic Uistean was at sea in an eight-oared boat when he saw a man in a grey cloak on a rock. He insisted that the man come with them and so took him home and tied him to a bench. The man was mute. There was a man working for Mac Iain 'ic Uistean who got a new pair of shoes as his first wages. He did not like the shoes so he threw one of them out the door and complained that they were wearing out. This happened for a number of years until one day the mute man spoke. When Mac Iain 'ic Uistean heard that he had spoken he went to him and asked him why he had not spoken before to which he responded that he had had no need to. He then predicted that the boy would be killed by the morning. He told Mac Iain 'ic Uistean about a sea captain's chest which was full of his belongings and when they opened it it was full of silver and gold. Having told Mac Iain 'ic Uistean about this he asked to be let go. Mac Iain 'ic Uistean duly obliged and he went straight to Geo Bhlairean in Cille Pheadair [possibly Creag Bhlairean, Kilpheder, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] and took to the sea as he was a seal who had been under a spell. As he predicted the boy was killed before the next day.


  • Creation: c1875

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 101r, line 5 to folio 102v, line 10

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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