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Story about the lack of rats on Tarasaigh/Taransay, 9 July 1870

Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/40

Scope and Contents

Story collected from Don MacInnon [Donald MacKinnon] about the lack of rats on Tarasaigh/Taransay, telling how a Taransay man went to live in Lews [Eilean Leòdhais/Isle of Lewis] but was plagued with rats. An old woman said she could send the rats to Taransay for him which she 'greatly to his relief' did and after a a short while of being on Taransay they were all dead. MacKinnon also notes that some rats were brought ashore by fishermen but were found dead at Aird nan Ceall [Àird-nan-Ceall]. The story ends with the comment 'Plenty of mice here tho[ugh].'


  • Creation: 9 July 1870

Language of Materials

Gaelic English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 64 folios ; 19.5 x 23 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 9v, line 1 to folio 9v, line 19

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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