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Story about a sick woman in an unthatched house, 1867

Identifier: Coll-97/CW114/33

Scope and Contents

Story about a sick woman in an unthatched house on MiĆ¹ghlaigh/Mingulay in which Carmichael was encouraged by 'My old friend Ruary' [Roderick MacNeil] to visit the sick woman even although Carmichael did not know her as Roderick thought she would appreciated it. On arriving at the house he was surprised that the woman was young and 'comely' but saw that she was completely paralysed with rheumatism. He also noticed that there was only a tiny amount of roof over the bed where she lay as 'The whole roof of the house like seven others in the colony had been taken in in spring for man[ure]'. Carmichael states that he asked the woman's husband to get the roof restored but he replied that the weather had been so warm that he had not realised that his wife had 'caught cold from the open house roof' and Carmichael quoted Fionn's saying to him 'Gao[th] romh tholl gao[th] fo sheol us gao[th] bharra nan tonn'.


  • 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

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 63v, line 5 to folio 64r, line 3


Nicolson, Alexander, A Collection of Gaelic Proverbs and Phrases based on MacIntosh's Collection (Edinburgh, 1882), p. 192

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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