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Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

Etymological and geographical note for Creaga Loisgte, 20 January 1871

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/146
Scope and Contents Etymological and geographical note collected from Hector MacLeod, aged 85, at Caisteal Bhuirgh/Borve Castle, Lionacleit/Linaclate, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula stating that Creaga Loisgte got its name from being the place where kelp was first burnt, by an Irishman called Ruari na Luath. He had come to the islands to teach kelp-making. Hector says that this was the best place for giomaich and crubagan [lobster and crab] and that potatos and bere [barley] are now grown there. His wife's great...

Field notebook of Alexander Carmichael, 15 July 1870 to 19 October 1871

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW116
Scope and Contents Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael, inscribed on the inside cover with 'Alexander A Carmichael Inland Revenue Lochmaddy N[orth] Uist 15/7 1870 Note Book No 8'. The majority of this notebook contains material collected on Tarasaigh/Taransay from the MacDonalds at Paible House, Mor or Marion MacQueen and Donald MacKinnon including notes on the island's archaeology, local history and geographical changes, with stories of how coastal erosion revealed burial sites and renditions of the...

Ghost story about a woman and newborn child, 20 January 1871

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/144
Scope and Contents Story collected from Hector MacLeod, aged 85, at Caisteal Bhuirgh/Borve Castle, Lionacleit/Linaclate, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula, about a man in Ìochdar, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist who encountered a woman outside his home with a crying child. She told him that the King of France sent her to the Eilean an Iar [Western Isles] but on her arrival at South Uist she did not like it so she decided to go to North Uist [Uibhist a Tuath]. While crossing the ford she went into labour at Heastamal Isle...

Prophecy about a battle at Aird-nan-ceann

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/145
Scope and Contents Story probably collected from Hector MacLeod, aged 85, at Caisteal Bhuirgh/Borve Castle, Lionacleit/Linaclate, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula of a prophecy about a battle to be fought at Aird-nan-ceann, which is between Caisteal Bhuirgh/Borve Castle and Braobh-fhaothail, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula. The story quotes the prophecy of Cainneach Oar [Coinneach Odhar or Kenneth MacKenzie].

Story about Aonas mac Neil, 20 January 1871

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/153
Scope and Contents Story collected from Hector MacLeod, aged 85, at Caisteal Bhuirgh/Borve Castle, Lionacleit/Linaclate, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula about Aonas mac Neil [Aonghas MacNeil or Angus MacNeil] that he was the person who disturbed the grave of the child of the daughter of the King of France and that he was an atheist who said that there was no 'hereaft[e]r & that the soul of a man when if left a man crept along a dyke side like a biast till it met the first closach eich [horse corpse] & went...

Story about Braobh-fhaothal and ghosts, 20 January 1871

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/143
Scope and Contents Story probably collected from Hector MacLeod, aged 85, at Caisteal Bhuirgh/Borve Castle, Lionacleit/Linaclate, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula about Braobh-fhaothal that it is a burying place in Lianacleit close to tolarum [Lionacleit/Liniclate and Torlum, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula] and a family who lived there for seven years saw ghosts. One would write in the ashes with its fingers and another had a bare hand holding a caman [stick]. The stick was taken and thrown out to sea but when the man...

Story about Mor mhor and Ailein mac ic Ailein, 20 January 1871

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/150
Scope and Contents Story collected from Hector MacLeod, aged 85, at Caisteal Bhuirgh/Borve Castle, Lionacleit/Linaclate, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula telling how Mor mhor [Mòr Mhòr MacDonald] was the mother of Ailein mac 'ic Ailein [Alan MacDonald of Clanranald] who was killed when someone whom he had banished from the country shot him with a sixpence. Mòr was a daughter of MacLeod of Harris and is described as 'bad' [underlined]. Hector also notes that Torcul [Torcuil MacLeod] was the father of Sìne [Jean...

Story about Sìne nighean MhicLeòid, 20 January 1871

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/142
Scope and Contents Story collected from Eachann Macleoid [Hector MacLeod], aged 85, at Caisteal Bhuiri, Lianacleit [Caisteal Bhuirgh/Borve Castle, Lionacleit/Linaclate, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula]. His patronymic is given as 'Each[ann] mac Dhonul ic 'Urchai ic Neil ic Coinnich ic Iain ic Ruari ic Thormaid ic Uilleam ic Thorcail ic Leoid Leothais'. Hector states that he is the same age as Clanranald and that his great grandfather Niall mac Leoid [Neil MacLeod] came with Sine ni[gh]ean mhic Leoid Leodhais [Eilean...

Story about the theft of a corpse, 20 January 1871

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/147
Scope and Contents Story collected from Hector MacLeod, aged 85, at Caisteal Bhuirgh/Borve Castle, Lionacleit/Linaclate, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula, telling how a woman from the MacCormaig family in Killpheadair [Cille Pheadair/Kilpheder, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] went to work at Balranald [Baile Raghnaill, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] and got married there. Not long after she married she fell ill and died. When her wake folk were resting her friends 'who came in g[rea]t force' took away her corpse but they were...

Story about the use of a ruin as a place of worship, 20 January 1871

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/148
Scope and Contents Story collected from Hector MacLeod, aged 85, at Caisteal Bhuirgh/Borve Castle, Lionacleit/Linaclate, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula telling how when he was about twelve years old [c1798] he remembers the old people going to the tota [tobhta or ruin] at Bail-uachdrach [possibly Kenuachrach] to say their paidir as a pearsa eaglais [priest] was not able to come every Sunday. This suggests that the ruin was originally a church.