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Seals (Animals)

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Scope Note: Created For = NAHSTE

Found in 34 Collections and/or Records:

Story about tinkers and seal hunting on Hasgeir [Heisker], c1875

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/24
Scope and Contents Story about tinkers and seal hunting on Hasgeir [Theisgeir/Heisker/Monach Isles] describing how once tinkers came from Leothas [Eilean Leodhais/Isle of Lewis] and stayed on Heisker for the summer. As long as they were there there were no seals but as soon as they went the seals returned.
Dates: c1875

Story and traditions about seals under the heading 'Roin', c1875

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/28
Scope and Contents Story and traditions about seals under the heading 'Roin' collected from Major James A Macrae of Valley and Griminish, North Uist [Bhàlaigh/Vallay Griminis, Uibhist a Tuath]. The story tells how Odar was a Viking warrior who raided the west coast after the Norsemen had been expelled by MacDonald, Lord of the Isles. MacDonald put up a reward for whoever brought him Odar's head, dead or alive. Mac Uistean [Mac Uisdean] captured Odar at Caisteal Odar and decapitated him and took MacDonald Odar's...
Dates: c1875

Story entitled 'Ron', 29 January 1875 and 7 October 1875

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW106/125
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Ron' [Ròn or Seal] probably collected from John MacInnes, aged 70 years, Stadhlaigearraidh/Stilligarry, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist. The story tells how a farmer noticed that someone was eating bread from his kiln. He hid in the kiln waiting to see who the culprit was and discovered it was a big seal and a large seal. The seals are eating when the little one says that it can hear a noise but the big seal dismisses it as as the sound of a mouse. However, the noise was the man...
Dates: 29 January 1875 and 7 October 1875

Story under the heading 'Roin' about Mac Iain 'ic Uistean and a mute man, c1875

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/38
Scope and Contents Story under the heading 'Roin' about Mac Iain 'ic Uistean and a mute man. The story tells how Mac Iain 'ic Uistean was at sea in an eight-oared boat when he saw a man in a grey cloak on a rock. He insisted that the man come with them and so took him home and tied him to a bench. The man was mute. There was a man working for Mac Iain 'ic Uistean who got a new pair of shoes as his first wages. He did not like the shoes so he threw one of them out the door and complained that they were wearing...
Dates: c1875

Story under the heading 'Roin' about Mac Uistean and the Lochlannach robber, c1875

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/20
Scope and Contents Story under the heading 'Roin' about Mac Uistean and Odar, the Lochlannach [Viking] robber. The story tells how Odar was a ferocious robber and that Ma'g'Onuil Nan Eileanann [MacDonald of the Isles] put up money for whoever would kill Odar. Mac Uistean Ghrimininis, a friend of MacDonald's eventually caught Odar and chopped off his head. As a reward, MacDonald of the Isles gave MacUistean Griminis and rights to Haisgeir [Theisgeir/Heisker/Monach Isles] seals. Odar's head was buried in Griminis....
Dates: c1875

Story under the heading 'Roin' about Odar and an archaeological dig, c1875

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/27
Scope and Contents Story under the heading 'Roin' about Odar and an archaeological dig collected from Niell MacCuiein [Neil MacQuien or MacQueen], crofter and tailor, Middlequarter, North Uist [Ceathramh Meadhanach, Uibhist a Tuath]. The story tells how Odar requested that half of the Haisgeir [Theisgeir/Heisker/Monach Isles] seals should be buried with his head and the other half divided amongst the eight pennylands in Scolpeig and Chill a Pheadair [Scolpaig, Cille Pheadair/Kilpheder] noting that some of the...
Dates: c1875

Story under the heading 'Roin' and accompanying songs, c1875

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/41
Scope and Contents Story under the heading 'Roin' telling how a crew from Howgearraidh [Hogha Gearraidh/Hougharry, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] were hunting on Cousmal [Causmal] and caught a lot of seals. A farmer took a load of them home and put them at the end of the house so that they would stay cold. in the house was a nurse who was looking after a baby and heard a big seal coming to life and saw it kiss a small seal and singing a song beginning 'Spòg Spaidrich òig, Spog mo Chaidhich choir'. The song contains...
Dates: c1875

Story under the heading 'Roin' entitled 'Buala Na Sgeir', c1875

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/40
Scope and Contents Story under the heading 'Roin' entitled 'Buala Na Sgeir' telling of a seal-hunting trip to Taisgeir [Eilean Hasgeir/Heisker Island] during which a storm broke and in order to save their boat, the crew all got on board. One boy from Howgearraidh [Hogha Ghearraidh/Hougharry, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] did not manage to get on board and so was left behind. The boy was sad and so he lit a fire in a hidden spot beneath a rock. Many seals returned to the rock and began mourning the seals which had...
Dates: c1875

Story under the headings 'Roin' and 'Mythology' about seals, 7 October 1875

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW112/29
Scope and Contents Story under the headings 'Roin' and 'Mythology' about seals collected from Iain Macaonais [John MacInnes], Staola-gearrai [Stadhlaigearraidh/Stilligarry, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] on 29 January 1875. The story tells of a farmer who could not work out who was eating his corn so he went to the bottom of his kiln and saw that a big seal and a small seal were the culprits. The seals are eating when the little one says that it can hear a noise but the big seal dismisses it as as the sound of a...
Dates: 7 October 1875

Superstition about killing swans and seals and accompanying stories, 1887

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW120/338
Scope and Contents Superstition about killing swans and seals, it being deemed unlucky, and accompanying stories including how Mr Beatson of Sheildag in Gairloch [Sldeag/Shieldaig, Geàrrloch/Gairloch, Ròs is Cromba/Ross and Cromarty] killed a swan and soon after his wife and children died and he lost much of his money in a lawsuit with a servant. Similary, Mr Osgood MacKenzie of Inverewe [Am Ploc Àrd] killed a swan and he separated from his wife after that. Note asks 'Is it because maidens are sometimes turned...
Dates: 1887