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Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael containing primarily songs and stories collected in Miùghlaigh/Mingulay, Barraigh/Barra, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist and Eilean Leòdhais/Isle of Lewis. The main informants are Roderick MacNeil or Ruairidh an Rùma from Mingulay and Penelope MacLellan of Ormacleit/Ormaclete. The bulk of the material from MacNeil relates to the southernmost islands of the Hebrides and covers topics such as bird-fowling, the island way of life, place-names,...
Dates: c1868 to 16 June 1876
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Ni[gh]ean Gobha Ghriminis' collected from Donacha MacanLeallain [Duncan MacLellan], mason and crofter, Carnan, Iocar [Càrnan, Ìochdar, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist]. The story tells how a blacksmith in 'Grim[inis] sa Cheanna tua' [Griminish, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] was a good man with no family but a daughter. He had cattle on Beinn Lee [Beinn Lì] and one winter when the snow came he sent his cow-herd off to fetch his cattle. The cow-herd got all the cattle except the smith's...
Dates: 20 October 1870
Scope and Contents Note about the song 'Duan Na Muthairn' [Rune of the Muthairn], which was collected from Dun[can] MacLel[lan] Don[nachadh] Ban, Carnan, S[outh] U[ist] on 17 January 1874 that Duncan had heard it from an old woman 'who used to frequent his fathers house and who used to repeat long hymns night after night at the fire side.'
Scope and Contents Note entitled 'Maidean Mhara [Maighdean Mhara or Mermaid] collected from Duncan Maclellan [Duncan MacLellan], Carnan, Iocar S Uist [Ìochdar, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] on 12 September 1890 describing a mermaid he had seen with 'Hair like the roinneach mhara & skin like the trosg [cod-fish]: all above waist appeared'. He said she appeared for about fifteen minutes and when Carmichael returned to Carnan, the people there said that this was not a rare occurrence. MacLellan had seen the mermaid...
Dates: 12 September 1890
Scope and Contents Story about 'Alast[air] mor nam marst' of Boisdale [Baghasdal, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] probably collected from Duncan MacLellan, clachair [mason], Càrnan/Carnan, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist, telling how he was so small when he was born that it was difficult to deliver him but when he grew up he 'was as big as two men'. The story also tells how Alasdair was 'the first of the Boisdales' and that two of 'Bois[dale's] lads' dug up a boat that had been 'sunk in a hole between Boi[dale] and...
Dates: 17 January 1874
Scope and Contents Story about fairies and ploughs at Canna collected from Duncan Bàn MacLellan, Càrnan, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist, describing how men had left their plough irons at night at Canna, where there were fairies, and in the morning they were dressed.
Dates: 5 May 1874
Scope and Contents Story collected from Duncan MacLellan, mason and crofter, Carnan [Càrnan, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist]. The story tells how Rìgh Lochlann's two children Mor and Aula Dearg were playing outside one day when they found a 'coit an dà ramh' [small boat]. They got into it and although the day had started pleasantly a wind soon got up and carried them away. They landed at Amhuinn Hough [Abhainn Thobha Mòr/Howmore River]. They grew up and Mòr died and was buried at Hough [Tobha Mòr/Howmore]. When her...
Dates: 28 May 1869
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Cro Mara' [Crodh Mara or Sea Cattle] collected from Dun[can] Maclellan (Ban) [Donnachadh Bàn or Duncan MacLellan], Càrnan, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist. In the story, a widow on a remote island sees some strange cattle in her herd. She goes to the big house and asks an old man for advice. The old man tells her to keep watch night and day for a week. She does this and sees cattle coming up from the sea to her corn. She pens in the cattle, the likes of which she has never seen...
Dates: 5 May 1874
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Rocabarrai', collected from Duncan MacLellan, mason, Carnan [Càrnan, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist], who was told it by his grandmother. The story tells of a very successful fisherman from Barra [Barraigh] who had three sons and who was envied by other fisherman for his success. In his old age he told his sons that he wanted to return to his home and asked his sons to return with him. They declined but they all agreed to go fishing together and the old man would show them his...
Dates: 26 April 1872