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"Sean neachan Caelach tha air airish an a larna”: Làmh-sgrìobhainn Dhùghaill MhicAonghais, 1888

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Translated title of the contribution"Old Gaelic stories told in Lorn": Dugald MacInnes’ folklore manuscript, 1888
Original languageGaelic
Title of host publicationBile ós Chrannaibh: A Festschrift for William Gillies
EditorsWilson McLeod
Place of PublicationBridge of Turk
PublisherClann Tuirc
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - 2010


A detailed edition of CW381 fos.22–26, a series of tales and anecdotes compiled in idiosyncratic and often phonetic Gaelic by the local Muckairn bard Dugald MacInnes (1805–92) for the folklore collector Alexander Carmichael (1832–1912). MacInnes was an inmate of Oban Poorhouse at the time The paper begins with a brief biography of the poet and a survey of his surviving output. Dialectal features in the language of the manuscript are noted. Most of the paper is taken up with an annotated edition of the sixteen items in CW381, ranging from narratives of historical events to humorous anecdotes dating from the early nineteenth century, given in both original and standard orthographies. The manuscript is of exceptional value not only in giving us a selection from the repertoire of an expert storyteller, but in giving this in the seanchaidh’s own words.

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