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Etymological and geographical note for Creaga Loisgte, 20 January 1871

Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/146

Scope and Contents

Etymological and geographical note collected from Hector MacLeod, aged 85, at Caisteal Bhuirgh/Borve Castle, Lionacleit/Linaclate, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula stating that Creaga Loisgte got its name from being the place where kelp was first burnt, by an Irishman called Ruari na Luath. He had come to the islands to teach kelp-making. Hector says that this was the best place for giomaich and crubagan [lobster and crab] and that potatos and bere [barley] are now grown there. His wife's great grandmother Catrina niean mhic a Ghobh-an [Catriona nighean mhic a' Ghobhainn] 'used to bring basketfull[s] of siolagaun [s├Čolagan or sand eels] from round the castle. Siolagun can only be got from a clean strand at low wat[er] spring tide.'


  • Creation: 20 January 1871

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 58v, line 11 to folio 58v, line 21

Related Materials

Coll-97/CW116/165 - another account of kelp manufacture in Uist.


MacKenzie, W. C., History of the Outer Hebrides (London, 1903), pp. 548-549

Repository Details

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