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Story about how MacNeil died in Gearrynamoine, 19 October 1871

Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/168

Scope and Contents

Story collected from Rev Alexander Campbell, priest, Bornais/Bornish, Uibhist a deas/South Uist, telling how MacDonald of Boisdale was always trying to catch MacNeil of Barra. One day he and his men lay hidden under heather in the bottom of a boat of women. MacNeil fell for the trap and Boisdale caught him. When they landed at Kilbride [Cille Bhrìghde] MacNeil escaped and so Boisdale and his men pursued him. While they were passing through Gearrynamoine [Geàrraidh na Mònadh/Garrynamonie] 'a man seeing his ti[gh]earna in hot pursuit threw an arrow & killed MacNeil'. MacNeil was said to have been buried where he fell and when a skeleton was found while a drain was being made some years previously [to the story being told] 'Old Ranald MacDonald told whose skeleton it was' that is MacNeil's.


  • Creation: 19 October 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 63v, line 14 to folio 64r, line 5

Related Materials

Coll-97/CW116/167 - also about MacNeil of Barra's criminal activity

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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