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Song entitled 'Braon binn' and accompanying note, 10 January 1865 - 12 November 1870

Identifier: Coll-97/CW113/4

Scope and Contents

Song entitled 'Braon binn' [Am Bron Binn or The Sweet Sorrow] collected from Iain MacLeoid [John MacLeod], crofter, Iocar [Ìochdar, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist]. The song begins 'Chunnaig righ Braitean na shuain, An aona bhean a b fhear smaigh fo'n ghrein' and is composed of forty lines. An accompanying note states that the woman in the song was a sorceress who made the king dream and she killed Sir Falaich. Carmichael also notes the name of Angus McInnes [Angus MacInnes], Smerclait [Smeircleit/Smercleit] probably as he also knows the song or has a version of it. The text has been scored through in ink and a transverse note on folio 9r reads 'Transcribed this 12th Nov[ember] 1870 into MS Book No 2 page 180 A[lexander]. A[rchibald]. C[armichael].'


  • Creation: 10 January 1865 - 12 November 1870

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 86 folios ; 20.3 x 16.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 9r, line 1 to folio 10r, line 4

Related Materials

Coll-97/CW112/72 another version of this item.

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



'Am Bron Binn', The Highlander (11 March 1876), p. 3.
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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