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Part of a story entitled 'Rocabarrai' and accompanying story about the informant falling ill, 1871

Identifier: Coll-97/CW119/16

Scope and Contents

Part of a story entitled 'Rocabarrai', collected from Donald MacInnon or Donl mac Iain ic Lachlan ic ionnan [Donald MacKinnon], aged 98½ years, Grianaig, Dallabrig [Dalabrog/Daliburgh, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] telling how he Mor mhor ni MhicLeoid na h Earradh [Marion MacLeod] who was married to Raoul mor mac ic Ail[ein] [Ranald MacDonald of Clanranald] went to Bernary [Bearnaraigh] and in a house there heard a voice 'at the back of a chest' offering to tell them the story of Rocabarrai. At this point, Carmichael records how Donald MacInnon 'fell on the floor off his stool in a swoon & I thought he was dead'. Carmichael sent the children in the house to fetch a neighbour while he placed 'a bag with some diasun bere heads under his head. He vomited.' He states that the neighbour who came 'seemed as scared as myself'. Carmichael put some money in Donald MacKinnon's hand and left and records his response to MacKinnon's living circumstances and health as 'wretched'. The story of Rocabarrai continues telling how the old man at the back of the chest had been at sea when he and the crew got lost in thick fog but came across a very welcoming island. The story is continued on folio 46v. Included in the text is a vocabulary note which reads 'bioraichean (dogfish?)'.


  • Creation: 1871

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This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 1 volume ; 17 x 20.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 43r, line 12 to folio 43v, line 24

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Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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