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Waulking songs

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

Found in 68 Collections and/or Records:

Account of fulling cloth and accompanying song, 1867

Identifier: Coll-97/CW114/31
Scope and Contents Account of fulling cloth on Miulay [Miùghlaigh/Mingulay] describing how he heard the singing coming from a hut as he passed by and so he went in and found 'six good looking comely girls waulking cloth. One sung the verse the rest the chorus and all took their turn at this. All songs suited the body made in ful[ling] and all to my ear wild weird and beautiful. One was a fairy song and fairy like'. Carmichael notes that he measured the arms of two of the girls and that while the others seemed...
Dates: 1867

Alasdair a laoigh mo chéile: waulking song in praise of Alasdair mac Colla, late 19th-early 20th century

Identifier: Coll-97/CW376
Scope and Contents

Two copies of Alasdair a laoigh mo chéile: waulking song in praise of Alasdair mac Colla (Sir Alexander MacDonald, clan leader, d.1647), one copy is handwritten, one typescript. Written by Dorothy Brown (Diorbhail Nic a' Bhriuthainn, from the Island of Luing, fl.1644) and possibly used in William J. Watson's Bárdachd Gháidhlig.

Dates: late 19th-early 20th century

Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael, c1868 to 16 June 1876

Identifier: Coll-97/CW150
Scope and Contents Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael containing primarily songs and stories collected in Miùghlaigh/Mingulay, Barraigh/Barra, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist and Eilean Leòdhais/Isle of Lewis. The main informants are Roderick MacNeil or Ruairidh an Rùma from Mingulay and Penelope MacLellan of Ormacleit/Ormaclete. The bulk of the material from MacNeil relates to the southernmost islands of the Hebrides and covers topics such as bird-fowling, the island way of life, place-names,...
Dates: c1868 to 16 June 1876

Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael, August 1903 to July 1904

Identifier: Coll-97/CW178
Scope and Contents Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael, which he used to collect material mainly from a Mary MacRae, Dùnan, Letterfearn, Ros is Cromba/Ross and Cromarty, Ciorstan MacLean née Cameron, Leideag, Barraigh/Isle of Barra and Margaret Campbell née Stewart and her husband Andrew, tinkers at Bohespic, Siorrachd Pheairt/Perthshire. There are twenty folios the first fourteen of which contain text. Most of the material was collected from Mary MacRae, who sang several waulking songs and...
Dates: August 1903 to July 1904

Field notebook of Alexander Carmichael, 1864-1869

Identifier: Coll-97/CW107
Scope and Contents

Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael containing an essay entitled 'Bards and Bardism of the Highlands'; some notes on archaeology in Barra [Barraigh], Vatersay [Bhatarsaigh] and Sandray [Sanndraigh]; Fenian songs and poems; songs and poems relating to the MacDonalds; and a story entitled 'Prince Charlie's Pipe' mostly collected from South Uist [Uibhist a Deas] and Benbecula [Beinn na Faoghla].

Dates: 1864-1869

'Hoirean o ro bhall Eile', 1883

Identifier: Coll-97/CW87/8
Scope and Contents Waulking song entitled 'Hoirean o ro bhall Eile' beginning 'Sna e ho i hoirean o ro chall eile, Sna e ho i hoirean o'. The person/s from whom the song was collected is not noted. The song is composed of thirty lines and has twelve numbered verses with another one inserted between verses nine and ten and a few of the verses contain alterations, including one alteration in a different ink in verse eleven. Carmichael annotated verse ten to show that it contains a reference to the Battle of...
Dates: 1883

‘Kennedy-Fraser MSS. [manuscripts], D. 18377 [E60/25]’, c 1909-c 1911

Scope and Contents ‘Kennedy-Fraser MSS. [manuscripts], D. 18377 [E60/25]’. Note on Patrick Macdonald’s collection, manuscript. Miscellaneous Songs of the Hebrides arrangements, mainly for voice and harp, several incomplete, manuscripts. Numerous music notation sheets, mainly in pencil, some in ink, presumably Marjory Kennedy-Fraser’s...
Dates: c 1909-c 1911

Note about waulking songs, 7 August 1886

Identifier: Coll-97/CW122/18
Scope and Contents

Note collected from Duncan Cameron, police officer, Lochaline [Loch Àlainn, Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire] about waulking songs describing how six women work at fulling the cloth, one woman sings and the rest sing the chorus. 'No song must be sang (sic) twice or else it [takes] back the cloth.' There are also fragments of lines from waulking songs.

Dates: 7 August 1886

Notebook of songs belonging to Alexander Carmichael, nd

Identifier: Coll-97/CW152
Scope and Contents

Notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael containing the transcriptions of thirty-six songs, all of which are listed on contents pages, giving their title or first line. Some of the songs have a note about their origin or background but do not indicate Carmichael's source for them.

Dates: nd

Song beginning 'Bhean ad thall gu de their h-aire', 22 May 1869 and 16 June 1869

Identifier: Coll-97/CW150/29
Scope and Contents Song collected from Mairi Dhonullach [Mary MacDonald], aged about 28 years, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay, beginning 'Bhean ad thall gu de their h-aire', Moran broin sann cheol fo'n lar 'omh'. The song is composed of fifty-two lines, the third last and the last lines have been marked with a '1' and a '2' respectively. Carmichael notes 'At the end of each verse 4 lines the singer sings the chorus.' The text has been scored through in ink and written transversely across it is 'Trans[cribed] June 16 1869...
Dates: 22 May 1869 and 16 June 1869