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Song beginning 'Apran dui o hi horo huil o hò' and accompanying story, 22 May 1869 and 16 June 1869

Identifier: Coll-97/CW150/26

Scope and Contents

Song collected from Ruairi mac Dhonil [Roderick MacNeil], aged 94 years, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay and also from 'a black haired intell[i]gent] faced woman who sings & repeats with much taste and good sense. Easy to write from her diction'. The song begins 'Apran dui o hi horo huil o hò, Apran dui o hi hiri ile og u'. The song is composed of eight lines and Roderick states that his father, who lived in Bernara [Beàrnaraigh/Berneray] heard this 'under the floor of his house one night while he was lying awake. Twas sung by the fairies who were grinding the quern in a tom under his kitchen floor.' The text has been scored through in ink and written transversely across the text is 'Trans[cribed] June 16 1869 A[lexander] A[rchibald] C[armichael]'.


  • 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

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 15r, line 10 to folio 15v, line 10

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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