Mingulay Inverness-shire Scotland
Subject Source: Local sources
Found in 71 Collections and/or Records:
Account of a fishing trip around Mingulay with accompanying place-name notes, descriptions and stories, 23 May 1869
Scope and Contents Account by Alexander Carmichael of a fishing trip around Miulay [Miùghlaigh/Mingulay] with accompanying place-name notes, descriptions and stories. Carmichael notes geographical features such as high points, caves, rocks or arches; archaeological sites such as dùns or graveyards; places people have used for looking after livestock or catching birds and fish, noting breeding grounds or habits of some birds; and sea-faring items such as the conditions of the sea or navigation techniques. One...
Dates: 23 May 1869
Account of fulling cloth and accompanying song, 1867
Scope and Contents Account of fulling cloth on Miulay [Miùghlaigh/Mingulay] describing how he heard the singing coming from a hut as he passed by and so he went in and found 'six good looking comely girls waulking cloth. One sung the verse the rest the chorus and all took their turn at this. All songs suited the body made in ful[ling] and all to my ear wild weird and beautiful. One was a fairy song and fairy like'. Carmichael notes that he measured the arms of two of the girls and that while the others seemed...
Account of watching waves at Gonnamaol, 1867
Scope and Contents Account of watching waves at the natural arch at Gonnamaol [Gunamul, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay] describing them as 'a glor[ious] sight...the sea churned purely white against the rocks like divine snow on a mount[ain]side'. He observes the plentiful bird-life there 'The birds in thous[ands]nay millions fly hither and thither at times dark[e]ning the very air and along with the dizzy height on which you sit mak making (sic) you still more dizzy till you feel your position anything but safe or prudent....
Archaeological note about a taigh talamh [earth house] on Sanndray, 1867
Scope and Contents Archaeological note about a taigh talamh [earth house] on Sanndray [Sanndraigh/Sandray], probably collected from Roderick MacNeil, aged 88, crofter, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay. It is described as big enough for a man to stand up in with many chambers, situated about three quarters of a mile north west of the Dùn [Dùn Mhic Rìgh na Sorach].
Archaeological notes about Crois an t-Suidheachain, Leapaidh Chaluim Chille and Taigh Coimhidich/Garradh cail na Guaile, 1867
Scope and Contents Archaeological notes about Crois an t-Suidheachain, Leapaidh Chaluim Chille and Taigh Coimhidich/Garradh cail na Guaile, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay including dimensions and locations of the stones with a small diagram of the arrangment of the Leapaidh Chaluim Cille. Carmichael also mentions Leaba Treoireidh and Leaba MhicNeil on the side of Beinn ic a Phie [Cnoc Cnoc-a-Phì]. He notes stones that are on the south of the island facing Beàrnaraigh/Berneray adding that 'Along the whole side of this hill...
Archaeological notes about Totachain Ghreotais, 1867
Scope and Contents Archaeological notes about Totachain Ghreotais [possibly at Rubha Greòtach, Pabaigh/Pabbay] probably collected from Roderick MacNeil, aged 88, crofter, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay, describing them as about sixteen yards in circumference 'On the side of a hill facing the sea S[outh] E[ast]. The found[ations] visible only on lower side...about 2 feet.' Also described are sheilings built over and behind the remains.
Custom about a blessing stone on Bernara an Easpuig, 8 August 1867
Scope and Contents Custom collected from Roderick MacNeil, aged 88, crofter, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay about a blessing stone on Bernara an Easpuig [Beàrnaraigh/Berneray] that it was in a stone font in the graveyard and that people who were afraid would go and stroke it. There is also a note about the bishop's house that it 'was up till late and the stone upon which he rested his book while read[ing] is there still.' The custom is preceded by a short saying 'Bean Chaluim Chille am Miulay. Bean Naomh Mòire am Bearnara.'
Dates: 8 August 1867
Custom relating to 'Uisge-coisneach', 1867
Scope and Contents Custom relating to 'Uisge-coisreach' [holy water] probably collected on Miùghlaigh/Mingulay, which reads 'Of 5 boats 2 had this in small stone bottles fixed by a string to the stem stem (sic) inside.'
Description of the Miùghlaigh/Mingulay schoolhouse, 1867
Scope and Contents Description of the Miùghlaigh/Mingulay schoolhouse describing its dimensions, furniture, household goods and some books. Carmichael writes, 'His house is about 30 F[eet] x 13 feet]. It was built by the natives and is most rude and primitive. Ab[out] 18 f[eet] of this is the scholroom. The other end is the teacher's...Floor in ruts and hollows and roof just suf[ficiently] high to allow a tall man to stand upright without touching the centre rafters.'
Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael, 1864 to
Scope and Contents Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael, noted as being 'Bought at St Columb, Cornwall, 30 Nov[ember] 1864 pr[ice] 2/3'. The back inside cover contains a note probably collected as part of excise duties which reads 'Rod[erick] MacPhie Mast of boat 21.8 [-] 1.2½ [-]'. The notebook contains one insertion. The majority of the notebook contains lore relating to Miùlaigh/Mingulay mostly collected from Roderick MacNeil, crofter, aged 88, known as Ruairidh an Rùma. Roderick MacNeil also...
Dates: 1864 to