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Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Scope Note: Created For = CW

Found in 51 Collections and/or Records:

Field notebook of Alexander Carmichael, 1874, 1877 and 1891

Identifier: Coll-97/CW108
Scope and Contents Notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael containing songs, poems, tales, names, vocabulary and expressions collected in the Outer Hebrides [Na h-Eileanan an Iar]. The first part of the volume contains transcriptions taken as Carmichael listened to informants in 1877 while the second part appears to be copies of previous transcriptions of material collected by Carmichael and Rev Malcolm MacPhail in 1874 and written into the notebook in 1891. Amongst the material is a version of the lament...
Dates: 1874, 1877 and 1891

List entitled 'Toimhsegain' [Riddles], c1862

Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/47
Scope and Contents List entitled 'Toimhsegain' [Riddles] including riddles for things such as mist, hens, rainbow and the wind. A few corrections have been made to the text in ink and in pencil.
Dates: c1862

Poem beginning 'Base oiris is an 'athse', c1892

Identifier: Coll-97/CW122/99
Scope and Contents Poem or tongue-twister beginning 'Ba[th]se oiris is an 'athse bhathanse nam bu t a[th]s i'.
Dates: c1892

Riddle entitled 'Aiseag na h-Aimhne', c1862

Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/33
Scope and Contents Riddle entitled 'Aiseag na h-Aimhne' in which an old man, an old woman and their two sons arrive at a river but the ferry can only hold a ton. The old man and woman are a ton each and their sons are half a ton each so the listener has to solve the problem of how they all get across.
Dates: c1862

Riddle entitled 'An Te Rinn Diolanas', c1862

Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/34
Scope and Contents Riddle entitled 'An Te Rinn Diolanas' in which the nature of the relationship between a groom and a woman going to his wedding has to be ascertained.
Dates: c1862

Riddle entitled 'An Togsaid', c1862

Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/32
Scope and Contents Riddle entitled 'An Togsaid' [The Hogshead] in which a hogshead of wine is washed ashore and two men, one with a three gallon vessel and the other with a five gallon vessel are to share it out. The riddle is solved by pouring wine between all three vessels.
Dates: c1862

Riddle entitled 'Ceistean' about two fishermen, c1862

Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/31
Scope and Contents Riddle entitled 'Ceistean' about two fishermen in which the listener has to guess the number of fish each man has caught.
Dates: c1862

Riddle entitled 'Puzzle' beginning 'Roughly sits on rocky', 27 July 1904

Identifier: Coll-97/CW178/36
Scope and Contents Riddle entitled 'Puzzle' probably collected from Andrew Campbell, tinker, Easter Bohespic or Over Bohespic, Siorrachd Pheairt/Perthshire, beginning 'Roughly sits on rocky [Glorum] saw it' ending 'And put it in your pocket'. There are eight lines to the riddle. Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.
Dates: 27 July 1904

Riddle for a crab ['a' chrùbag'], 1884

Identifier: Coll-97/CW120/300
Scope and Contents Riddle for crab ['a' chrùbag'] which begins 'Fear cruinn cnaparra cruaidh'.
Dates: 1884

Riddle for a hen, 1891

Identifier: Coll-97/CW108/120
Scope and Contents Riddle for a hen beginning 'Cailleach bheag a staigh an dorus'.
Dates: 1891