Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject HeadingsScope Note: Created For = CW
Found in 23 Collections and/or Records:
Account of a fishing trip around Mingulay with accompanying place-name notes, descriptions and stories, 23 May 1869
Scope and Contents Account by Alexander Carmichael of a fishing trip around Miulay [Miùghlaigh/Mingulay] with accompanying place-name notes, descriptions and stories. Carmichael notes geographical features such as high points, caves, rocks or arches; archaeological sites such as dùns or graveyards; places people have used for looking after livestock or catching birds and fish, noting breeding grounds or habits of some birds; and sea-faring items such as the conditions of the sea or navigation techniques. One...
Dates: 23 May 1869
Scope and Contents Archaeological and historical notes on Caisteal Bhuiri [Caisteal Bhuirgh/Borve Castle, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula] and Clanranald. Among the notes it is stated that Raol mac Alein [Raghnall mac Ailein] was the last to inhabit Caisteal Bhuirgh and that he added the porch and extended the west side of it. The castle was originally built on a sgeir mhara and Biorlain mac ic Ailein [Clanranald's birlinn] was anchored 'in a poll' to the east side of it. After that, children used to swim there. In...
Dates: 18 January 1871
Scope and Contents Custom relating to food and drink including predicting using egg-whites or salt in water - the choice of salt water was an indication of drowning; the number of grains of corn thrown from a handful would indicate the number of children a woman would have; an account using 'crathadh an fhras lin' at Draineach, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isleof Skye; salt-herrings being roasted on a fire and the first thristy person would be the first to be married; and the throwing of a string into a kiln to see...
Dates: 20 November 1873
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
Fragment of the song' Ailean Duinn' and accompanying story and biographical note, 8 July 1870 to 10 December 1883
Scope and Contents Fragment of the song 'Ailean Duinn' collected from Mor Nic Cuinn [Marion MacQueen], aged 79, Tarasaigh/Taransay beginning 'Ail[ein] duinn o hi shiul[ainn] leat, Hi ri ri a bho hi a bho'. The song contains ten lines. The accompanying story explains that Anna nic Dho[mhnuill] ic Iain [Anna Campbell] fell in love with Ailean but the remainder of the text has been deleted and is difficult to make out. Marion stated that her 'great grand father was the last MacCuinn of Oirisey Uist' [Orasaigh,...
Dates: 8 July 1870 to 10 December 1883
Scope and Contents Lament beginning 'Hug o Mo Mhollaisa hug o' collected from Mairiread Nic Leoid [Margaret MacLeod], Gearrai, Taighearry [Gearraidh, Tigh a' Ghearraidh/Tigharry, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] for a drowned [woman]. One verse has been written transversely on folio 32r. Text has been scored out with a note which reads 'Transcribed into Book III p181 30th Sept[ember] 1875. A.A.C'.
Dates: 24 March 1869 to 30 September 1875
Scope and Contents Note and stories collected from Mrs MacLellan, Ormacleit [Ormaclete, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] relating to Flora MacDonald's family, including the relationship between Mrs MacLellan's own family and Flora's family, Mrs MacLellan being the grand-daughter of Flora's younger brother Angus. Angus had a very large family of ten sons and four daughters. Her family connections with other well known MacDonald families are also noted. The story of how Flora's eldest brother Ranald died in a gun...
Dates: 12 April 1870
Scope and Contents Note about the Reverend Duncan Robertson, Episcopal minister, who is thought to have drowned at Ath-na-Dise, Baleshear [Baile Sear/Baleshare, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] about 200 years ago [c.late 17th century].
Scope and Contents Placename etymology for Carnan-an-t-seisir [Càrnan, Miùghlaigh/Mingulay] collected from Ruary an Ruma MacNeil [Roderick MacNeil] aged 88, crofter there telling how about two or four hundred years before [c1660 or 1460] six men from Islay or Jura [Ìle or Diùra, Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire] landed on the island at Leac Shleite [Bàgh Slèiteadh] following a storm. The body of a drowned woman had been found and so when the locals saw the men on the top of the hill they rushed up and attacked them,...
Scope and Contents Song collected from 'Ceit wife [of] Don[ald] MacKin[n]on nee Urqhuart', Tarasaigh/Taransay beginning 'Ailein Dhuinn shiulainn leat, M iar[rtas] eir Ri[gh nan] aingeaol'. The song was composed by Ana ni Dhonil ic Iain oig Chaimbeul [Anna Campbell] who was engaged to Allan Morrison of Crossobost, Lews [Crosbost, Eilean Leòdhais/Isle of Lewis], who drowned. She was said to have died soon after of a broken heart and was to be buried at Rodail [Rodel] and ended up being buried at sea, near to her...
Dates: 7 August 1870