Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject HeadingsScope Note: Created For = AMS
Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Account of watching waves at the natural arch at Gonnamaol [Gunamul, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay] describing them as 'a glor[ious] sight...the sea churned purely white against the rocks like divine snow on a mount[ain]side'. He observes the plentiful bird-life there 'The birds in thous[ands]nay millions fly hither and thither at times dark[e]ning the very air and along with the dizzy height on which you sit mak making (sic) you still more dizzy till you feel your position anything but safe or prudent....
Scope and Contents Description of a great northern diver seen flying on the surface of the sea on the road between Bay Cottage, Bonawe [Bun Abha, Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire] and Glenlonan [Gleann Lonain].
Scope and Contents Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael probably while he lived at 31, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, as this address is written in ink on the first folio. Written on the inside front cover but heavily scored is text which reads 'Mrs Malcolm MacLeod, [- Islay], widow of Mal[colm] MacLeod [Loch-]. The majority of the notebook contains material collected from Donald Currie, crofter, Ìle/ Islay relating folklore and natural history about the birds, fish, shellfish and animals found in and...
Scope and Contents Note about the bird 'guga' that it is 'black as raven'; that St Kildans bring five or six tons of guga from Stacali [Stac Lee, Hiorta/St Kilda] and then 'div[ide] them on the Leac' and that they are white for two years.
Scope and Contents Notes about the bird 'buigire' [puffin] that they arrive and leave Hiorta/St Kilda every year, flying in clouds, in circles, darkening the sky and landing on rocks.
Scope and Contents Notes about the bird fulmar and St Kildans that on Hiorta/St Kilda each fulmar is valued at seven pence each between 'oil bird + feather'; that men keep a 'goile Sulaire' on their belts into which they put a fulmar's bill for pouring out oil; describing how fulmars are caught; how the carcasses are divided and how wages are deducted for loss of any birds. The text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.
Scope and Contents Story about a great northern diver collected from Kenneth MacLean, merchant, Lochmaddy [Loch nam Madadh, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] describing the one occasion on which he saw a great northern diver on the wing at Fladda, Lochmaddy [Flodaigh/Flodday] 'The wings went rapidly and the bird seemed to exert himself greatly'. That the bird might have been a black throated diver and not a great northern diver is put forward. Carmichael notes that he and his children saw a great northern diver...
Scope and Contents Story about the the bird 'bunabhuachille' [buna-bhuachaille] (great northern diver) on Loch Uiseadan, Loch Leatha and Loch Bheinneasal [An Sgarp/Scarp, Na Hearadh/Harris] including a statement that Donald MacLean of Scarp who herded there while a boy and used to chase them 'among stones and water'.
Scope and Contents Story and notes about the bird 'Sulaire' [gannet] in which [Mr N] Macleod saw a sulaire [gannet] put its bill through the side of a boat which was between Tarauis and Nisibost [Tarasaigh/Taransay and Niosabost, Na Hearadh/Isle of Harris] and the crew kept the bird there until they reached land so that the boat would not sink. Each line of text has been scored through horizontally.