Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject HeadingsScope Note: Created For = NAHSTE
Found in 36 Collections and/or Records:
A Cawnpore Chain-Pump, 1870s-1930s
Scope and Contents Photograph of two Indian men using a Cawnpore chain-pump to lift water from underground in the early 20th century.
Archaeological and historical notes on Teampul na Trianaid, 18 January 1871
Scope and Contents Archaeological and historical notes on Teampul na Trianaid collected from John Mac Innon [John MacKinnon], Carnish [Teampull na Trionaid, Cairinis/Carinish, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] including that it was built by Nin Mhic Dhuil Latharna [Nighean Mhic Dhùghaill, a daughter of MacDougall of Lorn] who went around building in different places to leave a name behind her. MacKinnon recalls seeing charred wood on top of the temple as a result of wood being burnt across Scotland in one night 'the...
Dates: 18 January 1871
Cause of Wetness in Land, 1870s-1930s
Scope and Contents Illustration of the cause of wetness in land by showing the different stratum and how it absorbs water.
Charm entitled 'Eolas Nam Mam', 24 June 1887
Scope and Contents Charm entitled 'Eolas Nam Mam' [Charm of the Swellings] collected from John MacAulay from Gearrloch [Geàrrloch/Gairloch, Ros is Cromba/Ross and Cromarty] but living in Edinburgh [Dùn Èideann in which an axe is dipped in a pitcher of water and its edge put to the afflicted person reciting a charm beginning 'Bi si[u]d air Mam Chluaini, Bi so air Mam Ratagain'. Carmichael notes 'There must be seven mams.'
Dates: 24 June 1887
Charm entitled 'Galar Fual' and accompanying note, 1883
Scope and Contents Charm entitled 'Galar Fual' [Gravel Charm] collected from Catrina Nicantoisich/Thoiseach Staolagearruidh, S[outh] Uist [Catherine MacIntosh, pauper, Stadhlaigearraidh/Stilligarry, Uibhist a Deas] on 13 October 1875, beginning 'Tha eolas agam eir a ghalar fhual, S eir a ghalas a ta buan'. The note states that the charm is repeated three times and that the 'the operator strikes with the palm of the hand the way of the water - that is slighe an uisge'. Text has been scored through in pencil and...
Charm for healing, 10 April 1874
Scope and Contents Charm for healing probably collected from Fionaghal MacLeod [Flora MacLeod], cottar, at Carnan, Iocar [Càrnan, Ìochdar, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist]. The charmer has to take water from a well at sunrise in a particular manner and three stones from the edge or bottom of the well. One stone is thrown over their shoulder with a phrase beginning 'Rosad [ag]us farmad na bhas deoi a bheo'aich (no'n) duine' and the other two are put in the water with silver or a brooch '6d is broken money & will not...
Dates: 10 April 1874
Charm for justice [Ora Ceartais], 12 September 1890
Scope and Contents Charm [Ora Ceartais or Charm for Justice] in which the face is bathed in nine rays of the sun beginning 'Mil air mo bhial, [Leum] air m aod[ainn]'. Text has been scored through in pencil as if transcribed elsewhere.
Dates: 12 September 1890
Cure for cattle, September 1872
Scope and Contents Cure for cattle possibly collected from John Cameron, Borve [Borgh, Barraigh/Isle of Barra] in which water has to be taken from a stream which forms a march or [nach tra'adh] and at sunset or sunrise the person must go 'without an eye of man or woman' and place silver in the dish of water and sprinkle it three times on the cow. Text has been scored through in ink as if transcribed elsewhere.
Dates: September 1872
Cure for warts, August 1909
Scope and Contents Cure for warts which involves dipping the warts in water gathered in curves in gravestones. Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.
Dates: August 1909
Custom about water, 1901
Scope and Contents Custom about water which reads 'Water bro[ugh]t in a night a dileag [small quantity] is thrown into the fire as a libation to the firegod'.