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Caithness Scotland

Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Fragment of a note, vocabulary and place-name notes, 10 July 1870

Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/68
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Notes which read,' The St Kilda woman's buitseac[hd]. Starrag = A crow. Liabost, Lybster, Innoruige, Wick, Innorthorsai Thurso' [Liabost/Lybster, Inbhir Uige/Wick, Inbhir Theòrsa/Thurso, Gallaibh/Caithness].

Dates: 10 July 1870

Fragment of a song beginning 'Thainig cait thainig cait', c1892

Identifier: Coll-97/CW122/104
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Fragment of a piobaireachd song beginning 'Thainig cait thainig cait, ris an droch uair thainig iad' [Thàinig Na Cait Oirnn or The Cat Are Come On Us]. The song is composed of eight lines.

Dates: c1892

Letter from John Horne, 1903

Identifier: Coll-74/3/11
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John Horne wrote to Sir Archibald Geikie on 17 July 1903, passing on various points on raised beaches which had been submitted to the Geological Survey Office for Geikie's consideration. These included the lack of beaches at Caithness, Orkney and Shetland.

Dates: 1903

Newspaper Cuttings, 1898-1924

Identifier: Coll-97/CW397
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Newspaper cuttings relating to various subjects including: Scottish place names, clan history, topography, the Inneses of Caithness and pipe tunes. The cuttings were taken from the following publications, Oban Times, Glasgow Herald, Peoples Journal, Northern Chronicle, Perthshire Advertiser, Northern Ensign and the Highland News.

The cuttings are contained in three envelopes, addressed to the Rev Charles M. Robertson, Jura, Islay and Ullapool.

Dates: 1898-1924

Note about a quarry on Tarasaigh/Taransay, 10 July 1870

Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/48
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Note about a quarry on Tarasaigh/Taransay which reads 'Near Uamh Mhic Cailein [possibly Uamh Mhic Ailein] is a quarry of flags as fine as any of the Caithness flags. It c[o]u[l]d be worked to advantage. Flags were taken from here to Fincastle.'

Dates: 10 July 1870

Note entitled 'St Barr of Finbarr First Bishop of Cork', c1872

Identifier: Coll-97/CW90/175
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Note, written by an unknown individual, entitled 'St Barr of Finbarr First Bishop of Cork' detailing the life of St Barr and including references to sources for his life history. The text is written in ink but on folio 71v in Carmichael's hand is written 'He was bishop of Caithness'.

Dates: c1872

Proof copy of article on 'The Geological Influences which have Affected the Course of British History', 1881

Identifier: Coll-74/8/4
Scope and Contents First proof copy of an article by Sir Archibald Geikie on 'The Geological Influences which have Affected the Course of British History' from printers Clay, Sons and Taylor, for Macmillan the publisher in 1881. This looked at ancient peoples and legendary figures, puting them in the context of the evolution of the natural world. Including elements such as the impact of the devlopment of commerce and the move from an agricultural to an urban industrial society, Sir Archibald Geikie mapped them...
Dates: 1881

Story entitled 'A Bhean Nighe' about a fairy washer-woman, 1891

Identifier: Coll-97/CW108/146
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'A Bhean Nighe' about a washer-woman encountered at Lochan Dubh na Beinne by Iain Bàn Tàillear. He seizes her by her left hand and demands wealth which she grants but asks why he did not ask for children his response to which is to ask for them too but she says no and that he will never have an heir. Everything happens as the washer-woman predicted. He asks what she is washing and she tells him that she is washing the shirts of people who will drown this year in North Tolsta...
Dates: 1891

Story entitled 'Druidh Achabheannaich' about burning druids, 28 January 1874

Identifier: Coll-97/CW108/143
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Story entitled 'Druidh Achabheannaich' from Latheron, Caithness [Latharan, Gallaibh] about a small circular fold like altar in the middle of a heather-covered cairn just to the east of the Druid's Stone, Clach nan Druidhneach, where it is believed that druids who had become too old were burnt alive. Among those was a young druid who was preparing the altar for such a ceremony when he choked on the smoke and died. It was said that he was snatched by the old druid's spirit.

Dates: 28 January 1874