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Story about An Carra Bhoradh, 21 May 1869 to December 1870

Identifier: Coll-97/CW150/10

Scope and Contents

Story about An Carra Bhoradh collected from Don M Phie [Donald MacPhee], blacksmith, Breuvaig [Brèibhig/Breivig, Barraigh/Isle of Barra]. The stone [An Carra Bhoradh] is described as having been used as a brangas and its dimensions noted. MacPhee tells how iron was put through the hole in the stone and then around the neck of the 'delinquents'. The last woman to be put in the brangas was Mairi Thaillear [Nic an t-Saoir] [Mary MacIntyre] from Allasdale [Allathasdal] because she had stolen sheep. Her brother, who was 'Cleireach an t-Sagairt' [the priest's clerk], said as he passed her in irons, 'Ga fuar am bior a Mhairi is te an soiri (am bior roslai)'. Her illegitimate son was taken away to the army by MacNeil and killed in Egypt under Abercrombie. Carmichael notes that Brèibhig was 'Bre bhai of old' that there was a Carra Bhreuvaig and that 'Na h-Aodain arda was the name of the carraghs [pillars] of old'. A note written transversely in the margin reads 'Donald MacPhie died at Xmas 1870'.


  • 21 May 1869 to December 1870

Language of Materials

Gaelic English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 64 folios ; 17 x 20.3 cm