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Song entitled 'Oran Mhic ic Ailen' and accompanying story, 23 March 1871

Identifier: Coll-97/CW119/10

Scope and Contents

Song entitled 'Oran Mhic ic Ailen', collected from Catrina Pearson [Catherine Pearson or MacPherson], Keantangval [Ceanntangabhal/Kentangaval, Barraigh/Isle of Barra] beginning 'Sann a gha[bh] mi mo chead dhiot, A cheist nam fear oga'. The song is composed of fifty-eight lines. The accompanying story tells how the song was composed by the first James of Boisdale, who was the first person to get Boisdale after the MacNeils of Barra had it. His relationship to the MacDonald of Clanranald who was shot at the Battle of Sheriffmuir is noted as is the story of how he came to marry a daughter of MacLeod of Harris instead of the woman he wanted to marry, who ended up marrying the Earl of Antrim. The text has been scored through in ink, and written transversely over the first section of text is, 'Transcribed into No 4 Book 17th/12 1883, 30 Royal Circus, Edin[burgh] A[lexander] C[armichael]'.


  • Creation: 23 March 1871

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 1 volume ; 17 x 20.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 22r, line 11 to folio 23v, line 21

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