Berneray Harris (parish) Inverness-shire Scotland
Subject Source: Local sources
Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:
Archaeological notes on Bearnaray Harris, 29 April 1871
Scope and Contents Archaeological notes on Bearnaray Harris [Beàrnaraigh/Berneray, Na Hearadh/Isle of Harris] made in the company of 'Mrs MacNeill Newton & her sister Miss Famy Macdonald Scolpaig & her brother Mr Macdonald Newton. Among the shell mound on Borve machair' [Newton and Scolpaig, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist and Borgh/Borve, Beàrnaraigh/Berneray]. Carmichael describes 'Heaps of stones here & there & rows of stones on edge generally in a circle or a sphere' of various sizes and also heaps...
Dates: 29 April 1871
Note about archaeological finds in Pabbay and Bernaray, c1872
Scope and Contents Note about archaeological finds in Pabbay [Pabaigh] and Berneray [Beàrnaraigh] that swords and a large key were found in the former but were now in the latter.
Note about the bird 'An t-Ian Bùchain' [pin-tail duck], 1883
Scope and Contents Note about the bird 'An t-Ian Bùchain' [pin-tail duck]. Carmichael describes how the bird is plentiful on Harris [Na Hearadh] and Barra [Barraigh] and that as with other birds, tunes have been written to mimic its call. He describes its migration pattern and habits when in the Western Isles as well as its call, writing, 'Each bird is supposed to sing over and over, singly and in convert:– “Clann-ac anndaidh, Clann-ac-anndaidh” There was a tribe of people in Bearnary [Beàrnaraigh/Bernaray]...
Note about tree roots and vocabulary, October 1873
Scope and Contents 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.
Dates: October 1873
Note about worship by druids in the Outer Hebrides, c1872
Scope and Contents Note about worship by druids in the Outer Hebrides including a description of the worship on sìthean [fairy hills] and their burning of fires there. Also lists the various festivals which they would celebrate and that they influenced the naming of fairy hills. Carmichael notes the fairy hill at Fi-leum Stronnd [Srannda/Strond, Na Hearadh/Isle of Harris] and to ask a woman called Beathag in Berneray [Beàrnaraigh] about Croc-sonari there.
Notes about evidence of trees and agricultural land subsumed by water, March 1874
Scope and Contents Notes about evidence of trees and agricultural land subsumed by water, describing large tree roots embedded in peat at Rubhoisinis, Bearnary [Rubha Bhoisnis, Beàrnaraigh/Berneray], cut by Tasgal Macthasgail [MacAskill]; lobsters sheltering in the crevices of tree roots at 'Ruch [-] nis' Pabaigh/Pabbay; trees having fallen at Tao a bhaile-fo-thua [Rubh' a' Bhaile Fo Thuath, Pabaigh/Pabbay]; and how 'men now living (1873) saw corn growing where now land is seen only at low water between isle +...
Dates: March 1874
Notes about the land around islands off Harris, 1873
Scope and Contents Notes about the land around islands off Harris including that tree roots are visible at low tide in the strand between Killgrey Isle [Ceileagraidh/Killegray] opposite Caolas Sgairidh; that Berneray [Beàrnaraigh] and Pabbay [Pabaigh] were about two and a half miles apart and that the sea was about five to eight fathoms deep on either side and that 'older women would throw the slacan nitheadan [mallets for washing clothes] across fr[om] one to the other'. It also notes that 'Ile nan Uan [Eilean...
Story about a razor fish containing a pearl, March 1874
Scope and Contents Story about Norman Macphairc [Norman Park], a poor man, catching a razor fish containing a pearl off Bearnarey [Beàrnaraigh/Berneray].
Dates: March 1874
Story about fairies looking for work, March 1874
Scope and Contents Story in which six fairies approach a man looking for work spinning or carding wool as they had angered their master at Croc nan claigeann, Boradh, Bearnaray [Cnoc nan Claigeann, Borgh/Borve, Bearnaraidh/Berneray]
Dates: March 1874
Two poems and accompanying story, 1885
Scope and Contents Two poems beginning 'Gearradh (Salan?) fad air leatha chaich' and 'Tha ghlaine so lucar lionta' respectively which were recited following the actions of a greedy baillie factor at a social meeting in the house of Ruari mac Iain ic Shir Tormaid Bearnary [Beàrnaraigh].