South Uist Inverness-shire Scotland
Subject Source: Local sources
Found in 27 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Custom relating to La nam Bannag [Latha nam Bannag/Christmas Eve] collected from Duncan MacLellan, clachair [mason], Càrnan/Carnan, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist, describing how on that day they would go around the houses and 'If they got nothing they piled a cairn in the door or near it called Carnan na mollac + then sing out - Mallac[hd] Dhia s na Callaig agaibh.' MacLellan describes how when the people came round they went around the fire three times singing 'Gum bean[nachd] Dia n tai a th ann...
Dates: 17 January 1874
Scope and Contents Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael containing primarily songs and stories collected in Miùghlaigh/Mingulay, Barraigh/Barra, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist and Eilean Leòdhais/Isle of Lewis. The main informants are Roderick MacNeil or Ruairidh an Rùma from Mingulay and Penelope MacLellan of Ormacleit/Ormaclete. The bulk of the material from MacNeil relates to the southernmost islands of the Hebrides and covers topics such as bird-fowling, the island way of life, place-names,...
Dates: c1868 to 16 June 1876
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Ni[gh]ean Gobha Ghriminis' collected from Donacha MacanLeallain [Duncan MacLellan], mason and crofter, Carnan, Iocar [Càrnan, Ìochdar, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist]. The story tells how a blacksmith in 'Grim[inis] sa Cheanna tua' [Griminish, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] was a good man with no family but a daughter. He had cattle on Beinn Lee [Beinn Lì] and one winter when the snow came he sent his cow-herd off to fetch his cattle. The cow-herd got all the cattle except the smith's...
Dates: 20 October 1870
Scope and Contents List of names, probably informants comprising Duncan MacLellan, Neill MacNeil 'mac Iain bhain', Isobel Chisholm and 'Barbal Drimsdale'.
Scope and Contents Note about the song 'Duan Na Muthairn' [Rune of the Muthairn], which was collected from Dun[can] MacLel[lan] Don[nachadh] Ban, Carnan, S[outh] U[ist] on 17 January 1874 that Duncan had heard it from an old woman 'who used to frequent his fathers house and who used to repeat long hymns night after night at the fire side.'
Scope and Contents Note entitled 'Maidean Mhara [Maighdean Mhara or Mermaid] collected from Duncan Maclellan [Duncan MacLellan], Carnan, Iocar S Uist [Ìochdar, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] on 12 September 1890 describing a mermaid he had seen with 'Hair like the roinneach mhara & skin like the trosg [cod-fish]: all above waist appeared'. He said she appeared for about fifteen minutes and when Carmichael returned to Carnan, the people there said that this was not a rare occurrence. MacLellan had seen the mermaid...
Dates: 12 September 1890
Scope and Contents Notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael and used by both him and another user, probably a family member. The most notable item relates to his son Eoghan leaving home for Africa. Items written by the other user appear to be quotations in preparation for a piece of written work. There are a number of quotations and sayings copied by Carmichael himself and a good number of names and addresses of people, probably all Gaels, living in Glasgow or Edinburgh, some of whom are noted as having...
Scope and Contents Rhyme collected from Duncan MacLellan, clachair [mason], Càrnan/Carnan, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist, beginning 'Chulaig seo! challaig seo! chul[aig] Chul[aig] o cahl[aig] o air an to[bh]ta' noting that it was what the 'gillean cullaig' [Hogmanay boys] said as they came to the house.
Dates: 17 January 1874
Scope and Contents Song collected from Duncan MacLellan, mason and crofter, Càrnan/Carnan, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist beginning 'Bra bra bleth, Ho ha bra bleth, Beil a chailleach a bhra'. The song is composed of twenty lines and has a number of annotations and amendments in pencil and ticks in ink marked against specific words/lines. 'Text has been scored through in ink and written transversely across it is 'B[ook] 3 P[-] [-] Tr[anscribed] 17 June 1869 A[lexander] A[rchibald] C[armichael]'.
Dates: 28 May 1869 and 17 June 1869