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Song beginning 'Nam bi sa am Beal an sgail' and accompanying story, 18 January 1871

Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/140

Scope and Contents

Song probably collected from Ruari Saor [Roderick MacDonald] beginning 'Nam bi sa am Beal[ach] an sgail, Far na thuit an damh donn' and accompanying story stating that the song was sung by bean Ghilleaspa dhui nian mhic ic Ailein [bean Ghilleasbuig Dhuibh, nighean Mhic 'ic Ailein]. It was said that Gilleasbuig Dubh had no family but killed one brother in Paible [Paibeil, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] and then went to see his other brother Mac Onail in Duntuilm [Dùn Thuilm/Duntulm, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye]. Mac Onail asked after their brother and Gilleasbuig Dubh said that he was well and building a new house, whereupon Mac Onail offered to show Gilleasbuig the boat he was building to visit them in Uibhist/Uist. Gilleasbuig pointed out a flaw in the boat to Mac Onail and as Mac Onail bent down to inspect it Gilleasbuig Dubh killed him with an axe. Ruaraidh says he remembers when Gilleasbuig Dubh's house at Solas/Sollas was pulled down with ropes.


  • Creation: 18 January 1871

Language of Materials

Gaelic English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 64 folios ; 19.5 x 23 cm