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Fragment of a story about Calum Cille [St Columba], 1867

Identifier: Coll-97/CW114/75

Scope and Contents

Fragment of a story about Calum Cille [St Columba] probably collected from Roderick MacNeil, aged 88, crofter, MiĆ¹ghlaigh/Mingulay which describes him as 'na dhuin[e] cruai[dh]' [a hard man]. A crowd of people were watering Calum Cille's crops when one man asked the housekeeper, who was baking, for some food. She refused him and then he asked for a piece of dough 'as ne Dia' [in the name of God?] and she said she could not refuse him. The man put the dough on the fire and it turned into beautiful blue braid. Calum Cille came in and heard what had happened he knew that this man was God's son on earth and went after him but although he could see him he could not catch up with him. The story ends at this point.


  • 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 85v, line 1 to folio 85v, line 19

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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