Cille Bharra Isle of Barra Inverness-shire Scotland
Subject Source: Local sources
Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:
Custom of horse racing, gathering carrots and celebrations on the Isle of Barra on saints days, 25 September 1872
Scope and Contents Custom of horse racing, gathering carrots and celebrations on the Isle of Barra [Barraigh] on saints days including that on La Fheill Barra [St Barr's Day] and St Michael's Day [La Fheill Mìcheil] men would race horses three times round the cemetery at Cille Bharra and at Borve [Borgh] respectively. The man would always have a woman sitting behind him. Also, after mass on the Sunday, girls would dig up wild carrots and collect them in the pockets of a while plaid with red stripes. The cloth...
Dates: 25 September 1872
Fragment of a story in which a man has a vision of himself, 1901
Scope and Contents Fragment of a story in which a man from Cille bharra [Cille Bharra, Barraigh/Isle of Barra] has a vision of himself at Allasdal [Allasdale]. The text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.
Note about wells and duns in the area known as 'Tir-Unga' on the Isle of Barra, 24 September 2871
Scope and Contents Note about wells and duns on Isle of Barra [Barraigh]. Carmichael mentions that no one could pass Tobar nam Buadh without drinking from it for good luck; that there are stairs going down underground at Dùn Chnoc nan Ceann at Cille Bharra, between Ciolla [Chiall] and An Tuirc and that this area was known as 'Tir-Unga'. Also noted are the uses made of duns and their stones and a legend about a battle fought at Bogach na Fala, which is near Dùn an Dudaire. A battle was fought there and 'anoth[er]...
Dates: 24 September 2871
Notes about Caibeal na Mealacha and Caibeal Colla Mac Speur, September 1872
Scope and Contents Notes about Caibeal na Mealacha which is also known as Caibeal Colla Mac Speur [also Caibeal Cui-Chroise, Barraigh/Isle of Barra] that Colla Mac Speur [also Colla Mac Spéir] was a stranger who was buried at the chapel alone. The people wanted to make it a burial place but were not allowed and had to bury people at Cille-bharra. All the stones for Caibeal Colla Mac Speur were found at Cille-bharra.
Dates: September 1872
Song entitled 'Comhail Fhinn Eir Oscar' and accompanying note, 14 March 1867
Scope and Contents Song entitled 'Comhail Fhinn Eir Oscar' collected from Donul Mac a Phie [Donald MacPhee], smith, Breuvaig, Barrai[dh] [Brèibhig/Breivig, Barraigh/Isle of Barra] beginning 'A mhic mo mhic se thuirt an righ, Oscair a righ nan og flath.' The song is composed of eighteen lines. The accompanying note states that MacPhee heard this from 'Neal Mac Aonais [Neil Mac Innes] an Cille Bharra coitear. He was a capital reciter. This man's father was the best reciter and piper of his day.'
Dates: 14 March 1867
Story about Caibeal Bharra, September 1872
Scope and Contents Story about Caibeal Bharra [Cille-Bharra, Barraigh/Isle of Barra] that its stones were used by Colonel [Roderick] MacNeil to build roads and dykes in Eoligarry [Eòlaigearraidh], on the advice of a mason named [Peter] Dawson, and that the colonel never prospered after that. Carmichael describes the chapel as having been 'high & large. Full of skulls & bones taken up fr[om] the graves'. The story has been scored through lightly in pencil.
Dates: September 1872