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Story entitled 'La-fheil bride' about Mrs Major MacLeod, c1875

Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/48

Scope and Contents

Story entitled 'La-fheil bride' [Latha Fheille Bhrìde or St Bridget's Day] telling how on hearing that it was St Bridget's Day, Mrs Major MacLeod, the daughter of Flora MacDonald, 'started up got a stocking put something in it probably a piece of peat and proceded to pound it down with a mallet' repeating a rhyme beginning 'La-fheil-Bride thig niean Imhir as an toll'. This was a custom believed to stop snakes from stinging the person who did this for the whole year. St Bridget's Day was when snakes were supposed to appear from their holes. The story also describes Mrs MacLeod dancing 'as lightly as a young girl of twenty' at the age of eighty'; a silver snuffbox decorated with 'the white cockade' which she received from the Duke with whom she danced that day; and a painting of Prince Charlie which she only revealed to those with Jacobite sentiments. Her son was killed in a duel with 'the celebrated Glengarry the original of Scott's Ivor MacIvor' and when she heard the news she was said to have remarked 'Better to have fo[ugh]t a foeman worthy of thy steel and to have died a hero's death than have lived a coward's life.' Mrs MacLeod died in her eighties at 'Stein, Skye and was buried at Snizort not at Killmuir Dunveagain where her husband was buried' [Cille Mhoire/Kilmuir, Dùn Bheagain/Dunvegan, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye].


  • Creation: c1875

Language of Materials

English Gaelic

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 183 folios ; 20 x 23.8cm