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Two stories about Ruary an tartair [Roderick MacNeil] and accompanying notes about Barraigh/Isle of Barra], 1867

Identifier: Coll-97/CW114/25

Scope and Contents

Two stories about Ruary an tartair [Ruairidh an Tartair or Roderick MacNeil], the first being that when he had dinner he would send a servant to the top of He-eveall [Sheabhal/Heabhal, Barraigh/Isle of Barra] with a trumpet to proclaim as such, noting that 'Biola-creag was the badge on MacNeils livery' [Bual na Creige/Biulacraig, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay] and that it is the 'third if not the second highest [cliff] in Britain'. The second story tells how he went to challenge Rob Roy [MacGregor] but he was not at home so when he met some men on the road who asked him what his business was with Rob Roy, he replied with a verse from 'Marbhrann do Shir Seumas MacDhomhnuill' by John MacCodrum beginning 'Nist ons dìlleachdan boc[hd] mi'. The notes also describe how a 'scientific sea captain' on looking at the teeth of a wedder [sheep] said that there must be gold ore where it grazed, its grazing having been on Sheabhal/Heabhal. The notes also mentions some dimensions of Ciosmaol Castle [Caisteal Chiosmuil/Kisimul Castle] and that 'There were 4 MacNeils after leav[in]g Ciosmaol.'


  • Creation: 1867

Language of Materials

Gaelic English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 88 folios ; 16.6 x 19.8 cm