Subject Source: Local sourcesScope Note: Created For = CW
Found in 29 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Leabhar Dearg Chlann Mhuirich' [The Red Book of Clann Mhuirich] collected from Seonaid Nic Mhurich [Janet Currie], aged 64, Staoinebrig, Uist D[eas] [Staoinebrig, Stoneybridge, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] on 24 February 1865. The story tells how in a time of great violence the Iarla Leanna [Earl of Lennox but queried by Carmichael as Earl of Antrim] escaped to the mountains with his son. Feeling compelled to return to his people who he knew were in danger, he left his son in the...
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Leabhar Dearg Clann Muirich' collected from Seonaid Nic Muirich [Janet Currie], age 64, Staoinebreac, Uist a chinne Deas [Staoinebrig/Stoneybridge, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist]. The story tells how in a time of great violence the Iarla Leanna [Earl of Lennox] escaped to the mountains with his son. Feeling compelled to return to his people who he knew were in danger, he left his son in the mountains telling him to go whichever way God told him to go. Muireach, the Earl's son fell...
Dates: 24 January or February 1865
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Mac Mhuirich' probably collected from John MacInnes, aged 70 years, Stadhlaigearraidh/Stilligarry, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist. The story tells how MacMhurich is coming back from Rum [Rhum] when 'gille glas' asks if MacMhuirich will take him as far as Uist [Uibhist]. Reluctantly, MacMhuirich agrees exchanging some balast for the gille glas. En route water starts coming in so all are called upon to bale out the vessel but to no avail. The gille glas takes control of the steering...
Dates: 29 January 1875
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Mac Mhuirich Mor' probably collected from Penelope MacLellan, Ormacleit/Ormaclete, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist. The text bears a number of annotations and amendments in pencil and has been scored through in ink as if transcribed elsewhere. The story tells how MacMhuirich Mòr found a small cat-like creature and took it home. His wife urged him to return the creature to where he had found it but he refused. The creature's mother came looking for her young and threatened to cause...
Dates: 27 May 1869
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Maighdean Mhara' about a mermaid in Loch Bhraoin [Loch Broom, Ros is Cromba/Ross and Cromarty] who appeared to a fishing crew and asked the helmsman for his leth-rann (half-stanza). He said, 'Long a thig sa theid an aithghearr, Sin mo leth-rann.' She said it was as well that was his reply and disappeared. A great storm occurred that day and many men were drowned. Consequently it is believed that when a mermaid like this one is seen, someone will drown soon after.
Scope and Contents Story under the heading 'Roin' probably collected from John MacInnes, Stadhlaigearraidh/Stilligarry, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist. telling how a man came from Taisgeir or Hasgeir [Eilean Hasgeir/Haskeir Island] to a wild island and knocked at the door of a big, grey old man. On being asked where he was from and who his family were he responded that he was from the north and his people were Mac Iogain to which the old man recited a verse beginning 'Iogain ga do thug mi bithe dhuit, Im is cais[e] is...
Dates: 7 October 1875
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...
Scope and Contents Superstition about mermaids that if a man sees a mermaid [maighdean-mhara] he should tell his companions on the boat as it is a bad omen. The text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.
Scope and Contents Transcription notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael. The majority of the volume has been used but intermittently there are groups of blank folios. Carmichael appears to have written in the book in the 1860s creating sections of different genres at different stages in the volume, with pages left blank in between to fill up appropriately. In about 1875 he has then used some of these blank pages to transcribe notes and stories but has not kept to the genres sections he initially created. The...
Dates: 1860 to c1866