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Song beginning 'A Sheum ic Eoin horo ghiulan' and accompanying story, 22 May 1869 and 16 June 1869

Identifier: Coll-97/CW150/22

Scope and Contents

Song beginning 'A Sheum[ais] ic Eoin horo ghiulan, Is gorach [th]u horo ghiulain' collected from Roderick MacNeil, aged 94 years, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay. The song is composed of eighteen lines. The accompanying story tells how Seumas mac Eoin ic an Ollamh Ilich or Seumas Sasunach fell in love with a married woman on Mingulay and poisoned her husband. An old woman saw him out one day in great distress and on being questioned he told her that a cloud was passing which was full of plague and would kill the islanders. He noted down exactly when this had happened and received answers saying that hundreds of people had died before the following Sunday. After the song is a list of cladhs or cemeteries and their associated saints which reads 'Cladhs - Bearnaray, Beanachadh Na Moire, Miulay Bean Chaluim Chille, Pabay Cladh Chriost San[dray] Bean Bhride' [Bearnaraigh/Berneray, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay, Cladh Chriosd, Pabaigh/Pabbay and Cladh Mhoire/Cladh Bhrìde, Sanndraigh/Sandray]. The text has been scored through in ink and a note written transversely reads 'Transcribed June 16 1869 A[lexander] A[rchibald] C[armichael]'.


  • Creation: 22 May 1869 and 16 June 1869

Language of Materials

Gaelic English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 64 folios ; 17 x 20.3 cm