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Story about the use of a charm to remove a crumb from an eye, July 1909

Identifier: Coll-97/CW117/22

Scope and Contents

Story about the use of a charm to remove a crumb from an eye collected from [John] Maclennan, crofter, in which his brother gets a biscuit crumb in his eye following a practical joke but the crumb is stuck there for two days. They are sent to an old woman at [Fairburn Tower, Siorramachd Inbhir Nis/Inverness-shire] who does not touch the brother but places three pebbles in water and repeats a charm at which point a crumb falls into her hand and the brother no longer feels pain as the crumb in his eye has gone. The woman is also noted as being at Bràigh Arcain [Arcan Duibh/Arcandeith, Ros is Cromba/Ross and Cromarty]. Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.


  • Creation: July 1909

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 39 folios ; 20.2 x 16.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 4v, line 10 to folio 5r, line 12


Carmichael, Alexander, Carmina Gadelica, vol. IV (Edinburgh, 1941), pp. 232-233.

Repository Details

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