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Song entitled 'Fail in ocha - Iomarbhaigh' and accompanying story, 19 October 1870 and 12 December 1883

Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/118

Scope and Contents

Song entitled 'Fail in ocha - Iomarbhaigh' [A Spaidearachd Bharrach] collected from Seonaid Churrai [Janet Currie], Staonabrig [Staoinebrig/Stoneybridge, Uibhist A Deas/South Uist] beginning 'Dhia s gaolach liom an gille, Gha bheil deiread agus gill-dhuinnead'. The song is composed of twenty six lines and has been scored through in ink with a transverse note reading 'Transcribed 12/12 1883 Book III 241 page A[lexander] C[armichael].' The accompanying story tells how MacNeill of Barra, possibly Ruarai an tartair [Ruaraidh an Tartair], married a daughter of Raol nan raol [Raghnaill nan Raghnall or Ronald MacDonald of Clanranald] who brought a daughter of Mac Vuirich [MacMhuirich] of Staoligearry [Stadhlaigearraidh/Stilligarry] to Barraigh/Isle of Barra as her nurse and confidant. The nurse raised MacNeil's son and one day on attending her luadh [waulking] Lady MacNeil and MacNeil himself found the nurse with the son on her shoulder. The ladies at the luadh insisted that the nurse sang a song 'Cha robh ni[gh]ean Mhic Mhuir[ich] riamh gun oran' and so she sat down with them handing the baby to his father and sang this song with the Barra women giving their reply.


  • Creation: 19 October 1870 and 12 December 1883

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 39r, line 8 to folio 40r, line 3


MacDonald, Rev. A., and MacDonald, Rev A. (eds.), MacDonald Collection of Gaelic Poetry (Inverness, 1911), pp. 230-235
Campbell, J. L., and Collinson, Francis (eds.), Hebridean Folksongs, vol. II (Oxford, 1977), pp. 124-129

Repository Details

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