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Song entitled 'Bron no Braon Binn' and accompanying notes, c1875 and 27 February 1894

Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/72

Scope and Contents

Song entitled 'Bron no Braon Binn' collected from Iain MacLeoid [John MacLeod], crofter, Iocar, Uist a chinne a deas [Ìochdar, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] beginning 'Chunnaig Righ Breatun na shuain, An aona bhean a b. fhearr snuagh fo'n ghrein'. The song is composed of thirty-eight lines. Pencil annotations divide the song into nine verses. The accompanying note tells how the woman in the song was a ban-draoigh [druid] who wanted to kill Sior Falaich [Sir Gawain] so she put Righ Breatun to sleep and he dreamt about her and dreamt that he was in love with her. When Sir Gawain came to the king he sent him to find her and she killed him. A later note in ink reads 'Gave copy to Mr Stewart Glennie, barrister, London, 27 2 94 [27 February 1894] A[lexander]. C[armichael].'


  • Creation: c1875 and 27 February 1894

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 159r, line 1 to folio 159v, line 24

Related Materials

Coll-97/CW112/71 another version of this item.

Coll-97/CW113/4 - another copy of this item from the same informant.



Campbell, J. F., Leabhar na Féinne (London, 1872), p. 208.
'Am Bron Binn', The Highlander (11 March 1876)
Carmichael, Alexander, Carmina Gadelica, vol V, (Edinburgh, 1954), pp. 100-5.
Gowans, Linda, Am Bròn Binn: An Arthurian Ballad in Scottish Gaelic (Eastbourne, 1992), pp. 8-9, 19, 30-2.

Repository Details

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