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Story about Alexander Mac Iain ic Leoid and his wife being stranded on Rona, 10 July 1870

Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/64

Scope and Contents

Story telling how Alexander Mac Iain 'ic Leòid [MacLeod] from An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye but living at Aoi [Uidh, Tarasaigh/Taransay], was tacksman of St Kilda [Hiorta] and set out to collect his 'rent grain' from St Kilda with his wife Barbara ni Dho[nmhuil] ic Iain oig [née Campbell] and a boatful of skin sacks. The weather turned bad so that they had to throw most of the sacks out and eventually they found themselves stranded on 'Ronai an t-saimh N[orth] W[est] of the Butt' [North Rona and Butt of Lewis, Eilean Leòdhais/Isle of Lewis]. Alexander's wife had to 'pilot the boat in' and they were there for three months. The islanders on Taransay were surprised when they returned. The story also notes that Barbara's sister 'Peigi ni Dhonuil Iain ic oig' was married to Lieutenant MacNab and that MacLeod had Pab[ba]y [Pabaigh] after leaving Uidh.


  • Creation: 10 July 1870

Language of Materials

Gaelic English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 64 folios ; 19.5 x 23 cm