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Song entitled 'Duan Na Ceardach', c1875

Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/80

Scope and Contents

Song entitled 'Duan Na Ceardach' collected from Iain Donullach [John MacDonald], Lochephort, Uist T[uath] [Loch Euphort/Locheport, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] on 2 October 1865, beginning 'La dhuinn air Luachair Leothain, An ceathrar chronan a bhuidhean'. The song is composed of sixty-five lines. The song tells how Fionn and seven of his men were walking in the hills when they saw a dark man with one leg. He enchanted them to follow him over every sort of terrain but Daorghlas (later known as Caoillte) managed to get ahead of him and keep him in sight, knowing that he was trying to lure them to their deaths. He arrived at the smithy before the one-legged man and the rest followed and they would not go home without a reward. So they each got a sword and a spear which could overcome anything. There are some gaps in the text towards the end, so it is possible that the song is incomplete.


  • Creation: c1875

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 183 folios ; 20 x 23.8cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 166v, line 1 to folio 167v, line 20

Related Materials

Coll-97/CW105/3 - another copy of this item from the same informant.

Coll-97/CW112/63 - another version of this item.


Campbell, J. F., Leabhar na FĂ©inne (London, 1872) pp 65-68.
Campbell, J. G., The Fians; or Stories, Poems & Traditions of Fionn and his Warrior Band (London, 1891), pp. 29-33.

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