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Story entitled 'Ciosmal' and accompanying placename notes, 23 March 1871

Identifier: Coll-97/CW119/3

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Story entitled 'Ciosmal', collected from John Peirsean [John Pearson or MacPherson], Keantangval [Ceann Tangabhal/Kentangaval, Barraigh/Isle of Barra], concerning the origin of Ciosmal [Caisteal Chiosmuil/Kisimul Castle] telling how after Niall Glùn-dubh succeeded to the chieftaincy of MacNeil of Barra, he discovered he had been married as a child to the Earl of Bute's daughter. The marriage was consummated, and the earl visited his now pregnant daughter. On the earl's approach, his daughter advised MacNeil to flee, which he did, taking the child with him, the implication being that MacNeil's dwelling was a cause of shame and unworthy of the daughter of the earl of Bute. Two builders, Cul and Beud, were sent by Bute to build a new castle and Baghan Chul-Beud, which 'lies between the castle & Aird na moine on Gearrragal on the inner side of Sgeirean - chul a bhaile' [Ardnamona/Àird na Mòine and Gearragaal], was named after them. In addition the place Leigemal [Leigeamul] is noted as being 'an islet close to E[ilean] dugh nan Corr' [Eilean Dubh nan Corr].


  • Creation: 23 March 1871

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From the Series: 1 volume ; 17 x 20.5 cm