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Story about the bird Langai [langaid or guillemot], 1867

Identifier: Coll-97/CW114/41

Scope and Contents

Story about the bird Langai [langaid or guillemot] probably collected from Roderick MacNeil, aged 88, crofter, MiĆ¹ghlaigh/Mingulay describing its seemingly unjust feeding behaviour in which two guillemots feed their peite [chick] but the bigger chick does not finish its food so the parent of the smaller chick takes it and gives it to its young instead. The parent of the larger one returns, sees that its chick has nothing and goes to the smaller chick, picks it up in its bill and throws it over the precipice. The informant also states that a Mingulay woman has had a pet gull for seven years 'It goes am[ong] all the houses in the place can un[derstand] all said to it and do what is said to it.' The text ink has been smudged probably by water droplets and contains one pencil amendment.


  • 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 67v, line 1 to folio 67v, line 16

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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