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Story entitled 'Eoan Og Bhalai agus Eoan Og Hosta', 10 May 1867

Identifier: Coll-97/CW114/23

Scope and Contents

Story entitled 'Eoan Og Bhalai agus Eoan Og Hosta' [Eòghan Òg Bhàlaigh agus Eòghan Òg Hosta] collected from Calum MacLeoid [Malcolm MacLeod], Lochnammadadh [Bhàlaigh/Vallay, Homhsta and Loch nam Madadh/Lochmaddy, all Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist]. The story tells how Eòghan Og Hosta had a fierce dog which would attack people on the road which runs through the glen at Amhain Ialai [Abhainn Ealay]. One day it attacked Eòghan Òg Bhàlaigh who cut its head off with a sword, this turned into a fight in which Eòghan Òg Bhàlaigh killed Eòghan Òg Hosta. Distraught at having killed a man, Eòghan Òg Bhàlaigh went off and soon encountered Eòghan Òg Hosta's daughter, who appeared not to know that her father was dead. She was engaged to be married to a man from Paiblesgearraidh two weeks after her father was killed but because it would cause shame for her to be married in such circumstances the man was betrothed to someone else. Eòghan Òg Bhàlaigh took matters into his own hands and after church the following Sunday he took out his sword and swore that he would kill everyone unless they allowed Eòghan Òg Hosta's daughter to marry her Paiblesgearraidh man. They were married and Eòghan Òg Bhàlaigh left for a while but came back and never bothered anyone again. A note written transversely in blue ink over the final folio of black ink text reads 'Bha piuthar athair do Chaluim mac Leoid - seanachai[dh] - post aig Eachun mac Chaluim mhic Eoain oig Hosta. Alasdair.' [The storyteller Malcolm MacLeod's paternal aunt was married to Hector son of Calum son of Ewen the younger of Hosta]


  • Creation: 10 May 1867

Language of Materials

Gaelic English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 88 folios ; 16.6 x 19.8 cm