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Story about the attempted murder of Bishop John Carswell's grandson, 1884

Identifier: Coll-97/CW120/252

Scope and Contents

Story about the attempted murder of Bishop John Carswell's grandson. Carswell's daughter [Cristiane] was married to [Dougall] Campbell of Inverawe, whose brother, Iain Dubh nan Creach, invited her son and heir [Archibald Campbell] to take part in a Christmas Day hunt in Cruachan [Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire]. At the feast following the hunt, Iain Dubh put spikes and daggers in the son's seat but Macpherson the gillie warned the son not to sit there but eventually his hound did and was cut to death. The son and MacPherson fled with Iain Dubh in pursuit but the son shot his uncle. The son wrote above the door of Inverawe [Inbhir Àtha, Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire] 'Should a MacPherson come with a man's head under his belt (crios) make him welcome here'. The story includes associated place-names, patronymics and vocabulary and also notes that the inscription above the door is no longer there.


  • 1884

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 1 notebook ; 17.5 x 10.8 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 72v, line 1 to folio 73v, line 15


Campbell, Lord Archibald, Records of Argyll (Edinburgh, 1885 pp. 129-130.
Campbell of Airds, Alastair, A History of the Clan Campbell ,vol ii (Edinburgh, 3 vols, 2000-2004), pp. 142-143.

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