Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject HeadingsScope Note: Created For = NAHSTE
Found in 66 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Song entitled 'Gillean Gealu' [Baby Boy] collected from Iain Pearson [John MacPherson], cottar, Ceantangbhal, Barraidh [Ceanntangabhal/Kentangaval, Barraigh/Barra] beginning 'Giullan gealu gealu gealu, Giullan gealu tiondaigh a nall'. There are annotations to the song including an English translation of the third verse and a note about the 'Ailpeinich' and 'Macinnons'. Carmichael notes 'Copy of this sent to Mrs Rhys London for her collection of lullabys of all counties.'
Dates: 2 December 1870
Scope and Contents Song entitled 'Oran Sith' collected from Donald MacDonald, crofter, Griminish, Benbecula [Griminis, Beinn na Faoghla] beginning 'A Mhor a Mhor till ri d' mhacan'. The accompanying tale tells how Moire met a fairy who seemed to know her baby. She talked to the fairy and then left her baby and went and hid to spy on them and this is the song she heard the father sing. Additions have been made to the text in both ink and pencil
Dates: 21 December 1885
Scope and Contents Song entitled 'Tala na Mna Si' [Taladh na Man Sìth] collected from Mairi Dhonullach Lochephort [Loch Euphort/Locheport, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] beginning Hug og hug aoireach, bean og sa bhail'. The song is composed of forty-three lines. The accompanying story tells how a woman left her child in a cradle and when she returned it was gone. On searching for the child a bean-shì [fairy woman' was heard singing the song in a siein [sìthean or fairy hill]. Some amendments have been made to the...
Dates: 7 September 1870
Scope and Contents Story about a child abducted by an eagle collected from Donald Currie, crofter, Baile Meadhanach/Ballymeanach, Ìle/Islay, which tells how a Colbhasa/Colonsay woman left her child rolled in a blanket on the ground while at the sheiling, but it was lifted by an eagle which carried it to Islay and laid it down on a hillock, which Donald's grandfather was hiding behind. The story concludes that 'The child screamed.'
Dates: June 1887
Scope and Contents Story about a fairy child, probably collected on Barraigh/Isle of Barra, telling how the child 'was not growing a bit...it was a small wizened old fashioned child'. One day its mother left it in bed under the care of an old man in case he awoke. 'The child wakened and got up an dmade a basin of fuarag - cream and meal - for himself and then went to bed like a sen[ile] man.'
Scope and Contents Story collected on Ìle/Islay about a strong boy from Inverness [Inbhir Nis] who was about twelve years old and could life two meal sacks weighing two hundred pounds. His father was Michael MacIllemhicheil [Michael Carmichael], a weaver.
Dates: June 1887
Scope and Contents Story about MacUistean, Griminish, North Uist [Griminis, Uibhist a Tuath] describing how he had a cairiste and as he was passing the big fairy hill in Griminish on his way to inspect the sheep-shearing, he heard a baby crying and a fairy inviting him to come in, take a seat and he would get everything. He immediately went home where the baker was baking for the cairiste but the oven was so full that bits of dough were falling over it. She was going to pick the bits up but MacUistean stamped his...
Dates: September 1872
Scope and Contents Story and song collected from Mrs MacDonald, Gramasdall [Gramasdal/Gramsdale, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula] about a water horse. The story tells how a prince was under a spell and by night was a water-horse and by day a fairy. A farmer's daughter bore him a child, which had been conceived while she was asleep when she was tending cattle. She and her kin were very concerned about this and so she went to an old man for advice. He told her to hide the child by the cattle-fold. As she did this she...
Dates: 28 October 1870
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'An Caisteal a Meadhon a Chuain' [The Castle in the Middle of the Ocean] collected from Ruairidh Camshron [Roderick Cameron], Carbost on 14 November 1860 and Donull Camshron [Donald Cameron], also Carbost on 16 January 1861 and Donnachadh MacDhiarmaid, Fearan-an-letha (no date given) [Fearann an Leagha/Fernilea, both An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye]. The story tells of how a farmer went out hunting and on growing weary lay down to sleep. On waking up he found the heather...
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'An leanabh Ileach' in which a mother feeding her child spills egg over its mouth but pretends that it is ruddy and healthy 'Mo ruiteachan mo ruiteachan' but the child points out that the food missed his mouth. The vocabulary note reads 'Uaillean = Valentine'. Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.
Dates: August 1909