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Song beginning 'Dhuisg mo leanan mi m chadal S mi gail fadail an dhusga' and accompanying story, 28 March 1871 and 17 December 1883

Identifier: Coll-97/CW119/19

Scope and Contents

Song collected from Duncan Macdonald, aged 86 years, Snaoisval [Sniseabhal/Snishival, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] beginning 'Dhuisg mo leanan[n] mi m chadal S mi ga[bha]il fadail an dhusga'. The song is composed of thirty-nine lines. The text has been scored through in ink and written transversely across the first folio is 'Transcribed 17th/12 1883 30 Royal Circus Edinburgh A[lexander] Carmichael'. The accompanying story tells how the song was composed by a young woman 'who became insane about a young man with whom she was in love' and ran away to live wild with deer on Beinnmor [Beinn Mhòr]. She and the young man had not been allowed to marry but her parents managed to persuade the young man to go and shoot her so that she would 'not be a hear break to them'. He went to the hills and waited in a hut for her but while he was outside the hut she arrived, went inside and fell asleep. When he returned, she recognised him and was conseuqently sane but then died shortly afterwards in his arms. The story concludes that 'She was perfectly naked & died from [shame].'


  • Creation: 28 March 1871 and 17 December 1883

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Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 1 volume ; 17 x 20.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 44r, line 9 to folio 45r, line 20

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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