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Story about the Steocairean on Islay, September 1884

Identifier: Coll-97/CW120/294

Scope and Contents

Story about the Steocairean [cliar sheanachain or itinerant band/sorners] on Islay [Ìle] collected from Donald MacPhail, grocer, Quay, Oban [An t-Òban, Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire], in which a group demanded and were reluctantly given hospitality in an Islay farm house. Amongst them was a young man learning but who 'could only play the first "car" of the port [tune]'. The head of the steocairean 'ceann-snaodh nan steocairen' recited a poem or song beginning 'Piobaireach[hd] is aran tur'.


  • Creation: September 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 83r, line 7 to folio 83r, line 24


Bede, Cuthbert [Edward Bradley], Glencreggan: A Highland Home in Cantyre, vol ii, London, 2 vols, 1861, p. 237.
Carmichael, Alexander, 'Traditions of the Land of Lorne and the Highland Ancestry of Robert Burns', The Celtic Review, vol 8 (Edinburgh, 1913) p 324.
Nicolson, Alexander, A collection of Gaelic proverbs and familiar phrases, based on Macintosh's collection (Edinburgh, 1882), p. 338.
Sanger, Keith William McMurchy (2009)

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