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Story entitled 'Mac a' Chreachaire, faisneachd Clann Neill', 21 May 1869

Identifier: Coll-97/CW150/14

Scope and Contents

Story entitled 'Mac a' Chreachaire, faisneachd Clann Neill' collected from Donald MacPhee, blacksmith, Brèibhig/Breivig, Barraigh/Isle of Barra telling of the man who lived at Ciosmal Castle [Caisteal Chiosmuil/Kisimul Castle] with the MacNeils who made prophecies. When he prophesied that the castle 'would yet be a garrai biasta dugha' MacNeil was so angry with him, that he banished him to Maoldonaich [Maol Dòmhnaich] where he lived and died. 'The to[bh]ta he had & the plot he cult[ivated] are still seen. Place called Goirtean Mhic a' Chreachair'. The story also includes the prophecies of another seer, Ruari nan seac Ruarai [Ruaraidh nan Seachd Ruaraidh], who predicted that the Isle of Barra would all be under grey geese and that the people would all leave from 'gob an aon ru', which happened when people escaping the potato famine all left from Gob na h-Airde Glaise. Ruarai mac Gileonain who was Fear Bhreuvaig [Fear Brèibhig] married a foolish woman and they went to America. Gilleonain, his father, who was a good landowner took the estate and gave it to Ruairi Breac and it was this family which lost Barra. The prophecies also included a prediction that letters would be sent all across the world to invite the old clan back to the island and that Maor nam Meòir Mòra would be ground with the 'car cearr'. The MacNeils were said to have a manuscript of the prophecies by Mac a' Chreachaire about which Colonel MacNeil said that if he lost the Isle of Barra he would gain it again.


  • Creation: 21 May 1869

Language of Materials

Gaelic English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 64 folios ; 17 x 20.3 cm