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Story about the creation of Lochawe from a well and accompanying song beginning 'A sniamh mo chuigeil', October 1892

Identifier: Coll-97/CW126f/61

Scope and Contents

Story collected from Mr Dugald Clerk, Duntanachain, about the creation of Lochawe [Duntanachan, Loch Obha/Loch Awe, Earra GhĂ idheal/Argyllshire] from a well and accompanying song beginning 'A sniamh mo chuigeil'. The story tells how Bera, 'guardian angel of Cruachan' [Ben Cruachan] stayed too long on a visit to Neibhis, the herdess of Beinn Neibhis [Ben Nevis, Siorramachd Inbhir Nis/Inverness-shire], and on her return found that the lid of the well which she was to guard had come off and was flooding. All she could do was look on weeping and her words formed the song accompanying the story. The flood created Loch Awe. An additional note reads 'See Garnet's Tour'. Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.


  • October 1892

Language of Materials

English Gaelic

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 35 folios ; 20.2 x 14.5 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 201v, line 4 to folio 202r, line 14

Related Materials

Coll-97/CW126f/15 folio 190v, Coll-97/CW126f/62 folio 202r. These items contain other versions of the song and the accompanying story.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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