South Uist Inverness-shire Scotland
Subject Source: Local sources
Found in 356 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Story written down by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'Crodh Marra' [crodh-mara or sea-cattle]. It tells how a man in Howgarry, North Uist [Hogha Gearraidh/Hogharry, Uibhist a Tuath] was having a difficult time, with his children and his cattle dying in infancy so on the advice of a wise old man, he decided to get one of the red and white sea cattle, which were often seen in the water near the shore. To do this he had to sprinkle 'ùir dhubh' or black loam soil on the...
Dates: 4 February 1895
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Cu Du Mhic a Phi' [Cù Dubh Mhic a' Phì] collected from Archibald Currie, shoemaker, Àird na Monadh, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist. The story tells of the wife of the shepherd called Mac a' Phì who lives by Loch Ollabhat and is asked to provide cloth by a lady at Loch Olabhat/Loch Olavat and Bailemhanaich/Balivanich both Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula. She panics that she will not be able to meet the task and summons the fairies to help. Realising that it was probably unwise to enlist...
Dates: 28 October 1872
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Cugarbhad, 'Righ nan Cat'' collected from Niall Maceachain [Neil MacEachan], crofter, Towbeag [Tobha Beag/Howbeg, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] in which Macmhurich Mor Staoligearraidh [MacMhuirich mò from Stadhlaigearraidh/Stilligarry] is out hunting and his dogs kill Cugarbhat in a cave. A cat asks MacMhuirich if his dogs killed Cugarbhat three times and on each occasion grows larger eventually jumping at MacMhuirich's throat. One annotation has been made to the text in pencil.
Dates: 16 May 1872
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Do'ull Gearr no Cearr' collected from Janet Currie, age 64, Staoinebrig/Stoneybridge, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist. The story tells how Niall Mòr acquired the right from Mac 'Ic Ailean [Clanranald] to Baile-bhaird at Staolaigearai [Baile a' Bhàird, Stadhlaigearraidh/Stilligarry, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] and how his son Donald Gearr lost that right. Donald had married twice and his second wife realised that her children would come second to those of his first wife so she burnt the...
Dates: 24 January or February 1865
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Duke of Tarentum' collected from Donald Macintire [MacIntyre], also known as Donul mac Neill, age 84, Howbeag, South Uist [Tobha Beag/Howbeg, Uibhist a Deas] about the visit by the Marshal MacDonald, Duke of Tarentum 'about 45 [0 scored out and replaced with 5] years ago'. The story tells of the Duke's father's recollections of the Howbeg and also of how he gave money to some relatives and took 'a stocking of earth' from Tota na Bracha [Tobhta na Bracha, Uibhist a Deas/South...
Dates: 6 April 1877
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Dun -Ra'ail' [Dùn Raghnaill] probably collected from John MacInnes, aged 70 years, Stadhlaigearraidh/Stilligarry, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist telling how Dùn Raghnaill came to be built. Raol mac Ailein [Raghnall mac Ailein or Ranald MacDonald of Clanranald] lived at Dremisdale Dreumasdal/Drimsdale and his son in Morar [Mòrar, Siorrachd Inbhir Nis/Inverness-shire]. After a hard spring, his son came ashore at Loch Sgioport looking for food but he refused to give him any. In the...
Dates: 29 January 1875
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Faire Chlaidh' probably collected from Penelope MacLellan, Ormacleit/Ormaclete, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist and accompanying notes about graveyards.
Dates: 26 May 1869
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Flora MacDonald' telling how she met Bonnie Prince Charlie and how MacDonalds and MacEachens helped him to escape from Uist, including details of a priest's encounter with government officers and the various cordons through which they managed to pass unobserved. Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.
Scope and Contents Story entitled' 'Lamertine and Ossian' collected from 'the kind hearted' Father [James] Mac Grigor RCP [Roman Catholic Priest], Ardchaoinnich [Àird Choinnich/Ardkenneth, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] in which Lamertine [Alphonse de Lamartine], when asked if he thought the poems of Ossian published by James MacPherson were forgeries or not, replied that 'MacPherson was as capable of the poems of Ossian as he was of forging the hills and dales of the Scottish Highlands.'
Dates: 10 January 1865
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Leabhar Dearg Chlann Mhuirich' [The Red Book of Clann Mhuirich] collected from Seonaid Nic Mhurich [Janet Currie], aged 64, Staoinebrig, Uist D[eas] [Staoinebrig, Stoneybridge, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] on 24 February 1865. The story tells how in a time of great violence the Iarla Leanna [Earl of Lennox but queried by Carmichael as Earl of Antrim] escaped to the mountains with his son. Feeling compelled to return to his people who he knew were in danger, he left his son in the...