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Archaeological note about Aird Niseboast and accompanying sketch and stories about MacLeod of Harris and Campbells of Taransay, 11 July 1870

Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/70

Scope and Contents

Archaeological note about Aird Niseboast [Àird Niosabost, Na Hearadh] and accompanying sketch showing the dimensions of the obelisk and stones and describing their positions. He notes that there is no tradition about Àird Niosabost other than 'the Ord bhairneach na caillich'. The first story tells how MacLeod of Harris used to make a smudan to request the Ta[a]n[say] [Tarasaigh] peop[le] come to pay their rent' describing how proprietors can part company with or take on a new tenant. The second story tells how the Campbells of Taransay were 'fine lo[o]k[in]g longish feat[ures] & blue ey[e]s & many of them golden haired tall & stout & cou[l]d easily be picked out by a strang[er] from among the He[a]rachs'. The family were also said to be able to compose poetry and were possibly 'more inte[lligent] & shrewd' than others around them. The final notes stats that 200 years from Àird Niosabost is a Picts house, which was examined by Capt[ain] Thomas.


  • Creation: 11 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 17r, line 1 to folio 17r, line 23

Related Materials

Coll-97/CW116/23 - a note relating to the Ord Bhairneach na Caillich.

Repository Details

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