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Scope and Contents Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael principally containing material collected on Eilean Leòdhais/ Isle of Lewis. The main informants were Angus Gunn and his daughter Ann MacDonald from Dail bho Thuath/North Dell and Dail bho Dheas/South Dell respectively, who sang songs relating to Christmas and explained associated customs. They also told Carmichael stories about the temples found around Nis/Ness and about St Ronan. In addition, the notebook contains notes on winter customs,...
Scope and Contents Field notebook belonging to Alexander Carmichael, inscribed on the inside cover with 'Alexander A Carmichael Inland Revenue Lochmaddy N[orth] Uist 15/7 1870 Note Book No 8'. The majority of this notebook contains material collected on Tarasaigh/Taransay from the MacDonalds at Paible House, Mor or Marion MacQueen and Donald MacKinnon including notes on the island's archaeology, local history and geographical changes, with stories of how coastal erosion revealed burial sites and renditions of the...
Dates: 15 July 1870 to 19 October 1871
Scope and Contents Fragment of a song which reads 'A Mhor bheag a dir[eadh] ghlean[n], Sa teurna[adh] bhean[n]' and accompanying story which tells how two girls heard this lullaby coming from Sithean Chroise Beaga [Sìthean Chroise Beaga or Cnocan na Croise Beaga, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] while feeding cattle. The text has been scored through in pencil as if transcribed elsewhere.
Dates: 12 September 1890
Scope and Contents Fragment of a story which reads 'Du-sith beag MacIlle-She'anaich put egg on head of his boy & broke it then kill[ed] the creat[ure] before all but three.'
Dates: August 1886
Scope and Contents Note about biers and that they are broken because 'tanasg nan corp & sithich' [ghosts and fairies] used to carry them away, collected from Donald MacColl, brocair (fox hunter), [Glencreran, Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire].
Dates: 27 September 1883
Scope and Contents Burial customs on Barraigh/Isle of Barra, probably collected from Ciorstan MacLean née Cameron, Leideag, Barraigh/Isle of Barra, telling how a 'bonnach tollt' was put in the coffin and a coin is put under the coffin in the grave. 'The toll saved the bonnach from the corra-chagailt...Even the coin in the fasnadh had to be treated in a peculiar way to save it from the sithich' [fairies].' The vocabulary notes include 'Tàsg = the bird that foretells death tri sgramhann granda - less than a crane.'...
Dates: August 1903
Scope and Contents Note about Cladh Pheadair, [Nis/Ness, Eilean Leòdhais/Isle of Lewis] that Aonas mac Bhr'eamh [Aonghas mac ' Bhritheimh or Angus Morrison, son of the Brieve] was the third man to be buried there and that near it is Croc an Annairt [Cnoc an Anairt] where fairy [linens] were seen.
Dates: 27 October 1873
Scope and Contents Note about 'Cu-sìth' that it 'came from the sea shore with a long chain attached' and was originally 'Boirionn (na goibhre)'.
Scope and Contents Note about Tunga stating that it was built of masonry and that the MacNeils killed 'all the natives' [of Barraigh/Isle of Barra]. The last of these people was a man called Gillios who 'had the nature of the sitheachs & used to run into the holes like rabbits'.
Dates: 24 September 1972
Scope and Contents Note written down by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'Nine, Naodh' describing how the fairies are said to be 'nine nines of years sucking the breast' and the same number of years each at boyhood, young hood, middle manhood, old manhood and at 'the bre[a]st of death "ri uchd bais"'.
Dates: 14 January 1895