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Song entitled 'Laoi an Deirg ic Dreathain', 24 March 1866

Identifier: Coll-97/CW113/28

Scope and Contents

Song entitled 'Laoi an Deirg ic Dreathain' [Duan an Deirg] collected from Iain MacInnes [John MacInnes], Eirisga [Eiriosgaigh/Eriskay] who in turn learned it from Ruaraidh Mac Iosaig [Roderick MacIssac, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula 'bho choinn fhad an t-saoghail' [a long time ago]. The song begins 'Innseam sgeul air Caiream an fhir mhoir, A thainig o'n ear le dochas buai'. Carmichael notes 'The reciter repeated this most correctly all through except one quatrain. After having written the lay from his dictation I made him repeat the whole again and we found this one quatrain left out. All the rest was correctly taken down except one preposition so that no alterations were necessary.' He also notes how he had wanted to see the reciter for some time but 'he came tonight in to Lochmaddy [Loch nam Madadh, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] by the Islesman on his way home to the island of Eirisga...11-54 p.m.' The text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.


  • Creation: 24 March 1866

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 86 folios ; 20.3 x 16.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 73r, line 1 to folio 78v, line 22


Campbell, J. F., Leabhar na Feinne, vol. I, (London, 1872), pp. 108-109.

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