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Story about Bliana nan Sasunach, 23 May 1869

Identifier: Coll-97/CW150/33

Scope and Contents

Story collected from Roderick MacNeil, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay about Bliana nan Sasunach [Bliadhna nan Sasannach the year of the Englishmen] telling how Iain mac Fh[earchair] ic M[hurchaidh], was hanged without trial by Captain Scott and his men, about 600 of whom were on Beàrnaraigh/Berneray and Mingulay for a week. He was Roderick's uncle, being her son before she was married. The story tells how the soldiers took everything and how the islanders fled in fear of them. Two men went into the village one night to investigate, putting a hook down the chimney and taking some of the soldiers' beef. The account appears to turn to verse or song at this point but concludes with a note that Roderick slept in Leaba Ciaraig with his aunt that night and that a beingi [bench] was placed so that when the head of the house sat on it, he had his sword in his right hand 'to strike down all intruders'.


  • Creation: 23 May 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 20r, line 18 to folio 20v, line 18

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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