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Tales

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Subject Source: Sss
Scope Note: Created For = CW

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Field notebook of Alexander Carmichael, 1870 to 1872

 Series
Identifier: Coll-97/CW90
Scope and Contents Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael containing the stories 'Rocabarrai' and 'Cugarbhad'; some songs and song fragments; customs relating to religious festivals, particularly on the Isle of Barra; stories about the MacNeil of Barra; stories and archaeological notes on Castle Beagram [Caisteal Bheagram, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist]; cattle charms and stories about the Lochlannaich [Vikings]. As well as archaeological notes on chapels and cemeteries the majority of the notebook entries...

Note about Tunga and native Barra people, 24 September 1972

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW90/97
Scope and Contents Note about Tunga stating that it was built of masonry and that the MacNeils killed 'all the natives' [of Barraigh/Isle of Barra]. The last of these people was a man called Gillios who 'had the nature of the sitheachs & used to run into the holes like rabbits'.

Story about Coinneach nan Tarbh and the Luideag, 23 March 1871

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW119/5
Scope and Contents Tale concerning Coinneach nan Tarbh and the Luideag, probably told by John Pearson or John MacPherson, cottar, Ceann Tangabhal/Kentangaval, Barraigh/Barra. Coinneach caught the Luideag, the Barra equivalent of the Glaistig or Bean-nighidh, at a stream and would not release her until she promised to herd his cattle safely for a year and a day. She promised to do so, and for this time the cattle were herded by a white dog, whining, accompanied by an incessant lament. The cattle fold door would be...

Story about Donl Gorm Mor Shleibhte and accompanying note, 23 March 1871

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW119/8
Scope and Contents Story probably told by John Pearson or MacPherson, cottar, Ceann Tangabhal/Kentangaval, Barraigh/Isle of Barra, concerning the supernatural visitation of Donl Gorm Mor Shleibhte [Sir Donald Gorm Mòr MacDonald of Sleat], who had apparently died on campaign, to his son Donald Gorm Og, uttering a threatening rhyme. The ghost's foster-brother told the son to turn every chair to the wall and light the fir candles. The story is interrupted by a note which reads 'The moil [shingle] on the west coast...

Story about son of MacPhee of Colonsay and how he came to live in Miùghlaigh/Mingulay, 23 March 1871

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW119/6
Scope and Contents Tale, probably told by John Pearson or John MacPherson, cottar, Ceann Tangabhal/Kentangaval, Barraigh/Barra, concerning the son of MacPhee of Colbhasa/Colonsay and how he and his descendants came to inhabit Miùghlaigh/Mingulay. Having been dispossessed of Colonsay, MacPhee's son came to Barra where he found employment as MacNeil's manager. No boat had been coming from Mingulay, so MacPhee's son was sent there. When he found all the islanders dead of plague, the crew would not allow him back...

Story entitled 'Ciosmal' and accompanying placename notes, 23 March 1871

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW119/3
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Ciosmal', collected from John Peirsean [John Pearson or MacPherson], Keantangval [Ceann Tangabhal/Kentangaval, Barraigh/Isle of Barra], concerning the origin of Ciosmal [Caisteal Chiosmuil/Kisimul Castle] telling how after Niall Glùn-dubh succeeded to the chieftaincy of MacNeil of Barra, he discovered he had been married as a child to the Earl of Bute's daughter. The marriage was consummated, and the earl visited his now pregnant daughter. On the earl's approach, his daughter...

Transcription notebook of Alexander Carmichael, 1865-1886

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW7
Scope and Contents Transcription notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael containing mainly Fenian songs and cattle charms. Most of the charms relate to cattle and working in the dairy and so are recited for the protection and healing of cattle, although there are some charms for protecting and healing people as well. A number of the charms include the use of medicinal plants, for which there is additional vocabulary. Carmichael also includes charms and customs for predicting marriage partners. Almost all of...