Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject HeadingsScope Note: Created For = NAHSTE
Found in 99 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Bhean Shith' collected from an unnamed informant, telling how a man had courted a fairy but had married a human. His wife became pregnant and when he went to fetch the midwife, he met the fairy woman he had courted. She gave him a belt for his wife but on his way hom he tied the belt around a stone instead and it split in two. he then pulled some mungan [pearlwort] and placed it under his wife's feet and she gave birth to a healthy son and was all right. The text has been scored...
Scope and Contents Story written down by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'Cailleach Bheag an fhasaich' [Little Carlin of the Wild]. There was a poor soul living in Benbecula called Iagan-lom, because he had never managed to grow a beard. He wanted to marry someone like himself who was neither too big nor too small so he decided to go away to find her so that if she rejected him no one would know. So he set out whereupon a crow told him to go to Na Hearadh/Isle of Harris as that's where he...
Dates: 12 February 1895
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Caran mac Fitheall' collected from Ann Gunn, probably Ann MacDonald, daughter of Angus Gunn, crofter, Dail bho Thuath/North Dell, Nis/Ness, Eilean Leòdhais/Isle of Lewis. The story is about a man with three sons who builds temples and castles but who does not trust his wife while he is away working and wishes to test his sons. The story is incomplete possibly because, as Carmichael notes, Ann is 'a woman who talks like a machine'.
Dates: 27 October 1873
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Ceudach Nan Collachain Oir' probably collected from John MacInnes, aged 70 years, Stadhlaigearraidh/Stilligarry, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist. The story begins with Fionn and his men out hunting. They have so much success that they decide to leave some of it for collection on the way home. Gille Glas appears and asks to be employed by Fionn so Fionn has him help take the kill home. Caoilte, the fastest Fenian, and the Gille Glas arrive at the feasting hall before anyone else and...
Dates: 29 January 1875
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Chaora Bhirroch Ghlas' ['Sharp Grey Sheep'] collected from Donnacha Mac Dhirmaid [Duncan MacDiarmaid], Carbost [Càrabost, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye], who learned it from Christiana Mac Queen [Christina MacQueen], Fearan an leatha [Fearann an Leagha/Fernilea, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye]. The story is told in a confusing manner as the different episodes of the story have been over-compressed. The story tells of two girls. One girl is born to a sheep, which is...
Dates: 7 February 1860
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...
Dates: 23 March 1871
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Eoan Og Bhalai agus Eoan Og Hosta' [Eòghan Òg Bhàlaigh agus Eòghan Òg Hosta] collected from Calum MacLeoid [Malcolm MacLeod], Lochnammadadh [Bhàlaigh/Vallay, Homhsta and Loch nam Madadh/Lochmaddy, all Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist]. The story tells how Eòghan Og Hosta had a fierce dog which would attack people on the road which runs through the glen at Amhain Ialai [Abhainn Ealay]. One day it attacked Eòghan Òg Bhàlaigh who cut its head off with a sword, this turned into a fight in...
Dates: 10 May 1867
Scope and Contents Story about a legacy paid to Alexander Stewart and Mary Macdonald, parents of Duncan and James Stewart, who went to Jamaica after the Battle of Culloden, and the claim made on it by their sister Maighread [Margaret Stewart]. The story also notes family relationships including Maighread's marriage to Donald MacCombaich in Torosey [Torosay, Muile/Mull] and the marriage of Margaret Black to Donald Macintire [Macintyre], Achnanduin [Achadun, Lios Mòr/Lismore]. These Stewarts are noted as being...
Dates: August 1883
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Slinneanac' [scapulimancy] in which Mac a Chreachain, butler, was asked to tell the future by MacNeil of Barra and reluctantly agreed, warning Ruari Breac [Roderick MacNeil] that Ciosmal [Caisteal Chiosmuil/Kisimul Castle] would end up in ruins. The story continues to tell more about MacNeil of Barra, his marriage to the daughter of MacLean of Duart and subsequent absence from the island. During his absence a signal came to the castle that a nobleman was there but no one went to...
Dates: September 1872
Scope and Contents Story under the heading 'Ur-Sgeulan' entitled 'An t-Iarla Og' [The Young Earl] collected from Caristiane Nic Cuiean [Christina MacQuien or MacQueen] Fearann-an -letha [Fearann an Leagha/Fernilea, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye]. The story tells how a young earl hears a voice calling him in the middle of the night telling him that his wife is giving birth and that he should get up. This happens three times and on the third occasion he some up. As it is dark it is some time until he sees a...