Benbecula Inverness-shire Scotland
Subject Source: Local sources
Found in 211 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Archaeological and historical notes on Caisteal Bhuiri [Caisteal Bhuirgh/Borve Castle, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula] and Clanranald. Among the notes it is stated that Raol mac Alein [Raghnall mac Ailein] was the last to inhabit Caisteal Bhuirgh and that he added the porch and extended the west side of it. The castle was originally built on a sgeir mhara and Biorlain mac ic Ailein [Clanranald's birlinn] was anchored 'in a poll' to the east side of it. After that, children used to swim there. In...
Dates: 18 January 1871
Scope and Contents Archaeological and historical notes collected from John MacKinnon, Cairinis/Carinish, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist on the construction of Teampull na Trionaid. Included in the details are that the gable of the building fell down after people dug at the foundations to get the flagstone which were there. A man known as Uilleam Clachair, possibly William Paterson, who came from Assaint a Tua [Asainte/Assynt, Cataibh/Sutherland] to work at Baile Raghnaill/Balranald and Baile nan Caileach/Nunton...
Dates: 18 January 1871
Scope and Contents Notes by Alexander Carmichael, perhaps the draft of an article, on various topics including Borve Castle in Benbecula; shell-mounds; the 'Good John of Islay' and his wife; 'Teampull na Trionaid'; ruins at Cairinish; the castle of the Clanranalds. Refers to an article by 'Captain Feilden' from the 'Proceedings of the Natural History Society of Glasgow'.
Scope and Contents Archaeological note on a burial site at Dungaineach [Dùn Gaimhnich/Dunganichy, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula] stating that it is at the 'bealaich on the machair' and that beside it was a heap of bones and ashes. The graves are surrounded 'by stones on edge with lintels across top of the lintels [causewayed] over with small peb[bles] carefully.' Carmichael adds that there is a similar place at Carnan Dhiarma[i]d in Iocar [Ìochdar, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist]
Dates: 29 August 1870
Scope and Contents Archaeological note relating to a stone found on Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula by Archibald MacRury, Bailevanaich [Baile Mhanaich/Balivanich] described as being a small stone with a hole and found in the strand at half-tide 'just below tunga' that summer at Ua Oirisy Mianaish an underground cave between Roisnish and Scarigleoid [Uamh Orasaigh Mheanais, Orasaigh, Meanais, Ròisnis/Rossinish and Sgaraileòd]. There is also a sketch of the stone. MacRury also states that he 'Got bra [quern] found at...
Dates: 29 August 1870
Scope and Contents Biographical notes on the poet Uilleam Ros [William Ross] collected from Alastair Mac Coinnich [Alexander MacKenzie], Loch Uisge-bhadh [Loch Uiskevagh, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula] originally from Gearrloch [Geàrrloch/Gairloch, Ros is Cromba/Ross and Cromarty], including how he met Alastair's mother [Mary MacKenzie], for whom he wrote 'Moladh na h-Oighe Gaelaich'; how shortly before he died, Ross burned all his books; about the relationship between him and Mor Ros, for whom he wrote many poems...
Dates: 14 March 1866
Scope and Contents Blessing probably collected on Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula beginning 'Far an toir thu cul do chinn, Agus clar do bhathais'. Text has been scored trhough in pencil as if transcribed elsewhere.
Scope and Contents Charm beginning 'Tha glug a seo tha glag a seo' and accompanying custom which states that it was said to keep others from taking away the torradh [milk profit] as no one would want anything which was dirty. The charm is composed of six lines. The text has been scored through in pencil and over it in ink is written 'Trans[cribed] No III p[age] 203 A[lexander] A[rchibald] C[armichael] Creagorry 8/10 1875'. [Creag Ghoraidh/Creagorry, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula].
Scope and Contents Charm entitled 'Rann Buaichailleac' collected from Archibald Currie, aged forty-six, shoemaker, Iocar [Ìochdar], Uibhist a Deas/South Uist beginning 'Siual beinne, siul baile, Siul gu re fada fasuin'. The accompanying note reads 'Old women used to say this in driving their cows in the morn[in]g'. The text has been scored through in two different inks and written transversely across the first page of text is 'Transcribed into B[ook] III p188. A[lexander] A[rchibald] Carmichael Creagorry 4...
Dates: 28 October 1872
Scope and Contents Charm probably collected in Gramasdail/Gramsdale, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula for counteracting the stealing of milk profit in which pins are stuck in the bubbles of boiling milk, which has had its profit stolen, and a handful of thatch is placed on the lintel of the door. This was thought to restore the profit to the milk.
Dates: 3 January 1872