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Colonsay Argyllshire Scotland

Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Archaeological note about 'Teampul Cliamain', 20 November 1873

Identifier: Coll-97/CW111/9
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Archaeological note about 'Teampul Cliamain' [Teampull Chliamainn/St Clement's Chapel] describing its location on the machair at Hosta [Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] and its dimensions. Carmichael also notes 'Leachain Hough us Hosta near Cill a Mhoiri an Colasay - Hough name of place where Temple is.' [Colbhasa/Colonsay, Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire]

Dates: 20 November 1873

Note entitled 'Marriage Customs', 1887

Identifier: Coll-97/CW120/341
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Note entitled 'Marriage Customs' describing the way in which marriage preliminaries on Colonsay [Colbhasa] were conducted, with the two parties meeting on two hillocks on three occasions, each time getting closer to each other. If either party withdrew the withdrawing party paid the tocher [dowry] to the other.

Dates: 1887

Song beginning 'Mhic a Phi Cholasay', 18 September 1884

Identifier: Coll-97/CW120/230
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Song beginning 'Mhic a Phi Cholasay' [Colbhasa/Colonsay] probably collected from Ann Livingstone (née MacPherson) aged about 80 years, Bunawe [Bun Abha/Bonawe, Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire]. Text has been scored through as if copied elsewhere.

Dates: 18 September 1884

Story about a child abducted by an eagle, June 1887

Identifier: Coll-97/CW89/51
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Story about a child abducted by an eagle collected from Donald Currie, crofter, Baile Meadhanach/Ballymeanach, Ìle/Islay, which tells how a Colbhasa/Colonsay woman left her child rolled in a blanket on the ground while at the sheiling, but it was lifted by an eagle which carried it to Islay and laid it down on a hillock, which Donald's grandfather was hiding behind. The story concludes that 'The child screamed.'

Dates: June 1887

Story about Nighean Mhic Gillechalum Rarsay, 23 March 1871

Identifier: Coll-97/CW119/9
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Story probably collected from John Pearson or John MacPherson, Ceanntangabhal/Kentangaval, Barraigh/Isle of Barra, Historical tale about NIghean Mhic Gillechaluim Rarsay or the daughter of MacLeod of Raasay/Ratharsair, who drowned a ship through witchcraft. Aged only 18, she was bled to death by her two brothers, both doctors, at her father's request, on the grounds that she was 'worse than Nic a Phie Cholasay' [MacPhee of Colbhasa/Colonsay. The brothers afterwards went to India.

Dates: 23 March 1871