Isle of Lewis Ross and Cromarty Scotland
Found in 110 Collections and/or Records:
Note about temples and Dun Siadar which reads 'Teampul[l] an Siatar Teamp[ull] Bhri'it Iain Moireastan built Dun-Shiatar. Laird of the land master of it.' [Teampull an Siadar, Teampull Bhrigit, Dun Siadar, all around Siadar/Shader, Eilean Leòdhais/Isle of Lewis].
Note about the 'De-dieann' which reads 'Winter amuse[ment]s - a little creat[ure] call[led] An De-dieann/ De-dio'eann dileas - They w[ou]ld him dance on the bac easgaid na fri &c. Totachan Clann Andain Falbh sar a cu &c.'
Note collected from Angus MacAulay, aged 82, An Cnoc/Knock, Eilean Leòdhais/Isle of Lewis which states that the MacLeods of Lewis had the island first and that they were always feuding and raiding with the Morrisons.
Note about the serpent stone 'clach nathrach' which is used in Carloway, Isle of Lewis [Càrlabhagh, Eilean Leòdhais] for healing cows. The stone has a hole in it and an ill cow is given water to drink from it as a cure. The note states that each townland kept a stone.
Note about tree roots and vocabulary including names of places where ancient tree roots 'some of these 4f[ee]t diamet[er]' are to be found within the Eilean Leòdhais/Isle of Lewis; Na Hearadh/Isle of Harris; and Beàrnaraigh/Berneray.
Note written down by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'Granet, Granite' which reads 'Greoid is the gaelic (sic) in Lews (sic) for Granite, There is fine granite in Dalbeg in Barvas, but in Uig there is only the usual bastard granite.' [Eilean Leòdhais/Isle of Lewis]
Note entitled 'Wakes' describing how at the death of an old person, a man would be appointed 'Rìgh Geigein' or king of the wake. After midnight he would undergo certain difficulties, including having water poured over his head or his face blackened with soot. Carmichael notes 'There was a crook (stick) which acted a great part' adding that Rev D MacKay got it [the custom] in Creich [Sutherland].
Note about 'prac' [church teinds] probably given by John Moireson [John Morison] of Bragar [Eilean Leòdhais /Isle of Lewis], which is noted as a rent paid in kind with food. The note states that to get these factors were 'trampling over the poor people with a heart of stone.'
Note on the custom entitled 'Goisearan' [Christmas waits] which reads ' Xmas waites - King & Queen dressed up with crown & rustics with strings & papers & flags.'