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Story relating to the shipwreck of the vessel 'Harmony', 1867

Identifier: Coll-97/CW114/76

Scope and Contents

Story relating to the shipwreck of the vessel 'Harmony', possibly collected from Roderick MacLellan, receiver of wrecks, Barraigh/Isle of Barra. The story is fragmented but appears to dispute an account put forward by Capt Grey [Captain Thomas Gray] about local people looting the wreck and opinions such as 'The inhabiti[ants] of Lewis like those of other islands immoral' [Eilean Leòdhais/Isle of Lewis]. A quote from 'Charles O' Malley, The Irish Dragoon' which precedes a tale about the wreck of the 'Bermuda' is included in the narrative. MacLellan refers to the wreck of the Annie-Jane on Bhatarasaigh/Vatersay stating 'that he was present when those on board the 'Annie-Jane' were buried and that in no one instance did he see a corpse wanting a finger. He with a few more were specially appointed to search the bodies and to take charge of whatever documents and valuables might be found thereon'. The story concludes 'Capt[ain] Grant although so long in Barra never took steps to secure the Harmony.' In the middle of the narrative there are notes on the 'Wildness of Highland cattle', on sandy soil and on furniture and bedding.


  • 1867

Language of Materials

Gaelic English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 88 folios ; 16.6 x 19.8 cm