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Two stories about Raol mor mac ic Ailein, 20 January 1871

Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/152

Scope and Contents

Two stories collected from Hector MacLeod, aged 85, at Caisteal Bhuirgh/Borve Castle, Lionacleit/Linaclate, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula about Raol mor mac ic Ailein [Raghnall Mòr mac 'ic Aileain or Ranald MacDonald of Clanranald]. The first story tells of a foster-brother of Nighean Mhic Neill came from Barraigh/Isle of Barra to visit her at Caisteal Borgh but unable to get across the ford he stayed at a shoemaker's house. In the morning, a miosgan ime was placed on the table and the Barrach [Barra man] drew a line across it with his knife at which the shoemaker 'put his knife in his side & he fell dead'. The shoemaker sent his sons to the castle to tell what had happened but while Lady MacDonald 'was making for some vengeance' Raghnall Mòr decided to let the showmaker go free. The second story tells how Raghnall Mòr had been on the mainland when his wife died and had not eaten since he left there for home. On arrival at Carnan [Càrnan, Uibhist Deas/South Uist] he knew of his wife's death and heard that her body had been taken to the Isle of Barra and so he went there immediately. When he got there her body had already been buried so he came straight back and the first time he ate since leaving the mainland was at Borve Castle. He called the place where he landed Laimrig na Mollachd. MacLeod notes that Raghnall Mòr was the last to live at Borve Castle, a catsle which began to be built on a rock north of the present site but which was abandoned and then built by Aimili a daughter of Mac Uil Larn [Amie MacDougall of Lorn].


  • 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