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Found in 30 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Notes on Saint Brianain [Brendan] including the date of Brianain's Day and the possibilities for where he is buried, including Caibeal Bhrianain [Brendan's Chapel, Barraigh/Barra]. Also notes that the chapel is built of shell lime and small pebbles the size of apples.
Dates: 5 March 1869
Scope and Contents Notes about working on La Naomh Bhrianein [Latha Naomh Bhrianain or St Brendan's Day] to the effect that Catholics generally would not work, while Protestants would.
Scope and Contents Proverb about snakes which reads 'La Fheil Bri [Fheill Brìde] thig nibhir as an toll, Cha bhoin mi fhein do nibhir' [On St Bride's day the snake will come out of the hole, I won't touch her and she won't touch me]. Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.
Dates: June 1887
Scope and Contents Proverb beginning 'An sneac[hd] nach tig mu shamh', possibly a fragment of the proverb 'An t-sneachd nach tig mu Shamhuinn thig gu reamhar mu Fheill-Bhrìgde' [The snow that comes not at Hallowmass will come thick at Candlemas]
Scope and Contents Proverb which reads 'La fheil[l] Moire na Feill Pead[air] La S mu thig no thainig' and accompanying note which reads '25 March Annunciation Day. When it falls on Good Friday calamitous for Europe - war pestilence &c'.
Scope and Contents Song beginning 'Chunna Brianein Don[u]l du' and accompanying story about a Dòmhnall Dubh who was struck deaf and dumb having worked on La Naomh Bhrianain [Latha Naomh Bhrianain or St Brendan's Day].
Dates: 5 March 1869
Scope and Contents Story about a La Fheill Padruig [St Patrick's Day] in which a man in Bailechaolas [Caolas, Bhatarsaigh/Vatersay] sees that the weather is bad and decides to observe La Fheill Padruig by not working. The following day is even worse and the house is buried in snow. The accompanying verse begins 'Dhia bean[naich] mi, Chuala Padruig Domh[null] dubh'. The text has been scored through.
Scope and Contents Story about a man who said to his wife 'Theid mi fhein mar do chuil-bhac far nach fhai[gh] duine no Brianin sin' and went out to work on St Brendan's Day in consequence of which he became blind. The note states that St Brendan's Day is the first fortnight in summer and since that incident no man has 'put spaid or soc fo thal[amh]' [dug or ploughed] on Barraigh/Isle of Barra. Also notes 'The dog is kept run[ning] aft[er] sheep [chlipp[in]g] them + sorting them'. Carmichael records that St Barr's...
Dates: February 1874
Scope and Contents Story in which Mac Uistean was too old to go seal hunting on Haisgeir [Theisgeir/Heisker] and in the stormy weather walked around the house repeating 'Slainri gun fheum an taobh taigh Mhic Uist[ean] an nochd Slanri & noc'. Also, a band of tinkers accustomed to seal-hunting had not had success for several seasons but after a ball on St Michael's Night they left and got 80 seals that night.
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'La-fheil bride' [Latha Fheille Bhrìde or St Bridget's Day] telling how on hearing that it was St Bridget's Day, Mrs Major MacLeod, the daughter of Flora MacDonald, 'started up got a stocking put something in it probably a piece of peat and proceded to pound it down with a mallet' repeating a rhyme beginning 'La-fheil-Bride thig niean Imhir as an toll'. This was a custom believed to stop snakes from stinging the person who did this for the whole year. St Bridget's Day was when...