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Note about burial customs on Barraigh/Isle of Barra and accompanying vocabulary, August 1903

 Item
Identifier: Coll-97/CW178/20

Scope and Contents

Burial customs on Barraigh/Isle of Barra, probably collected from Ciorstan MacLean née Cameron, Leideag, Barraigh/Isle of Barra, telling how a 'bonnach tollt' was put in the coffin and a coin is put under the coffin in the grave. 'The toll saved the bonnach from the corra-chagailt...Even the coin in the fasnadh had to be treated in a peculiar way to save it from the sithich' [fairies].' The vocabulary notes include 'Tàsg = the bird that foretells death tri sgramhann granda - less than a crane.' Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.

Dates

  • August 1903

Language of Materials

Gaelic English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.

Extent

From the Series: 20 folios ; 21 x 17 cm

Physical Location

5.07

Physical Location

folio 7v, line 1 to folio 7v, line 20

Bibliography

Valley, F. G., 'Burial and Mourning in a Hebridean Community', The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, vol. 85, no. 1/2 (1955), pp. 119-130.

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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