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Manuscript notebook entitled "Private Memorials of Helen Late Mrs Stewart of Physgill", by Catherine Sinclair, 1845
Scope and Contents This is a small manuscript notebook with a metal clasp, written by Scottish novelist Catherine Sinclair in 1845. It relates the last moments of her sister Helen, as indiciated on the title page: "Private Memorials of Helen Late Mrs Stewart of Physgill - Written for her children at the request of Mary Stewart by her Sister Catherine Sinclair".The notebook opens with the following words from Catherine Sinclair: "Having attended my sister Helen through the last two months of her very...
Identifier: BAI 2/10
Scope and Contents Selection of newspapers relating either to John Baillies award of an Honorary DD degree from the University of Yale or covering the period around his death.
Scope and Contents Burial customs on Barraigh/Isle of Barra, probably collected from Ciorstan MacLean née Cameron, Leideag, Barraigh/Isle of Barra, telling how a 'bonnach tollt' was put in the coffin and a coin is put under the coffin in the grave. 'The toll saved the bonnach from the corra-chagailt...Even the coin in the fasnadh had to be treated in a peculiar way to save it from the sithich' [fairies].' The vocabulary notes include 'Tàsg = the bird that foretells death tri sgramhann granda - less than a crane.'...
Scope and Contents Note about Crann[o]g nien Ri L[och]lann [Crannog nighean Rìgh Lochlainn/Dùn Crannag] that it is situated at Crannag [Barraigh/Isle of Barra], which is where the placename comes from. A dun was built for here there but the roof was filled over and the people inside were killed. It is mentioned in the poem 'Tha Chr[a]n[na]g fo chlachan an duin'.
Scope and Contents Note about dogs dying and accompanying story about a faithful dog collected from Duncan Macniven 'Don[nachadh] Pharuig', aged 88, Airds, Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire. Duncan tells how dogs go away from home to die and that shepherds know this to be the case. He also tells how a man in Glencoe [Gleann Comhann] went to work in England and every day at the same time his dog went out to wait for him and wept until it eventually died.
Scope and Contents Note about the rock 'Leac na Bana-Ghoisich' that it is a dolmen at Kilbride [Cille Bhrìghde, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] and was where a bana-ghoiseach [possibly god-mother] was burnt. Also notes that Na h-Uird Bhairneach are 'long lintels lying down.'
Scope and Contents Note by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'Butterfly' describing how the 'Dalan De' of golden colour if seen flying over a corpse signifies that their spirit is in heaven. The superstition only applies to this particular kind of butterfly. Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.
Scope and Contents Note entitled 'Purgatory' collected on the Isle of Barra [Barraigh] explaining the four stages of purgatory. The note then goes on to describe prayers made by women especially at funerals for the souls of the departed. Carmichael notes 'No cairns in Barra for the dead'. This text has been scored through in ink as if transcribed elsewhere.