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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

Identifier: Coll-97/CW90/109
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

Identifier: Coll-97/CW110/19
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.
Dates: 1901

Note about wells and duns in the area known as 'Tir-Unga' on the Isle of Barra, 24 September 2871

Identifier: Coll-97/CW90/103
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

Identifier: Coll-97/CW90/160
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

Identifier: Coll-97/CW114/7
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

Identifier: Coll-97/CW90/159
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