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Song entitled 'An Cluain Rainich' and accompanying story, 28 May 1869 and 18 June 1869

Identifier: Coll-97/CW150/65

Scope and Contents

Song entitled 'An Cluain Rainich' collected from Margaret Morrison, aged 36 years, Sliabh Ghriminis, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula beginning 'Seidlanach mi sa chluian rainich, Smulad mi smi eir maineol'. The song is composed of fifty-nine lines, some of which are annotated or amended. The accompanying story attributes the song to Màiri Nighean Alasdair Ruaidh and tells how she was brought to Uibhist/Uist by Clanranald, unmarried, and was married 'on guala Ruaiveal [Ruabhal/Rueval] after having land[ed] on Fui'e bheag Uisgeva' [Uisgebhagh/Uiskevagh], this guala being on the south side of the hill close to 'leaba[idh] a' Phrion[n]sa'. Clanranald insisted that the marriage take place during Lent as he did not want to take Màiri home unmarried. The priest deplored the request but said, 'Moran slioc[hd] us beagan ghliocais' and Clanranald was married and had children who 'were sent out among the ten[antry] as fools'.


  • Creation: 28 May 1869 and 18 June 1869

Language of Materials

Gaelic English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 64 folios ; 17 x 20.3 cm