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Notes on rocks around Iona and Lismore; whether the rocks have been sculpted; and place-names connected to them, c1893

Identifier: Coll-97/CW126f/84

Scope and Contents

Notes on rocks around Iona and Lismore including the tidal sgeirs called An Draidhean and Lieth sgeir [An Dreadhan, Liath Sgeir, Lios Mòr, Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire] including their situations and that rock from Liath Sgeir was quarried for tombstones on Lismore and I Chaluim Chille/Iona. Also notes that Lithe [liath] or Li is the word for a flagstone, Leac-lithe [leac-liath] being the term for tombstone in Lismore, Iona and Inbhir Aora/Inveraray. He notes that Inis nan Draoidhean or Inis Draoidhean is 'the isle of the sculptors' often wrongly noted as 'isle of the Druids' and that 'near the site of a Cistercian nunary (sic) [there] is a bury[in]g ground with probably some of the loveliest sculptured stones in all Britain'. Then Carmichael conjectures about why the island was given that name and discusses the absence of quarrying tool marks on Liath Sgeir in relation to ice boulders used for similar purposes on Uibhist/Uist.


  • Creation: c1893

Language of Materials

English Gaelic

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 35 folios ; 20.2 x 14.5 cm