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Gaelic Verse

Gaelic Verse

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Title Description Images Id
The Uig Chessmen A poem about the Uig Chessmen, by Calum Maclean, Conon Bridge. From Donald Macdonald's Tales and Traditions of the Lews. Na Fir-TàilisgBha sinn sàmhach fon an tomGus na lorg bò na h-adhairc sinnTha sinn a-nis fada... Yes 51547
Oran Mor Thorcuil Marion Macleod, 16 Laxay wrote this song after her marriage took her to live in Achmore. It is obvious she is homesick for her native village. Oran Mor Thorcuil Ise: Och mar tha mi'n dèidh do shùgraidh;'S cianail,... 60829
Dòmhnall Dubh an Dòmhnallaich A song written by John Macdonald "Iain Ban" of Bosta for his brother Donald when he was courting Marion "Mor a Cheannaich" Dòmhnall Dubh an Dòmhnallaich: 'S iomadh rud tha dhìth orm a dh'fheumainn fhìn mun dèanainn... Yes 14523
Fuadach nan Gaidheal This piece of bardachd which appeared in Bardachd Leodhais tells about the clearances, the effect on the people and the land. It was written by Donald Macdonald, Tobson. Cò 'n cridhe air an talamh nach dèanadh e... 63203
Smuaintean Saighdeir an Deidh Blar Mhons Also known as Isean Bhoidich, this popular song gives the perspective of a young soldier on the battlefield during World War One. It was written by Donald Macphail of 19 Southside Gravir who died at home in 1916, aged... 36841
Tha sinn uile an diugh fo bhròn This song was written by Donald Macphail, 19 Southside Gravir, who as a young man was too ill to join up during the Great War. His friends who had joined the Army and Navy were constantly in his thoughts; he died in... Yes 46442
Mo Dhurachd Don Tir Donald Macdonald, Tobson wrote the bardachd Mo Dhùrachd Don Tìr (which appears in Bardachd Leodhais) after he had moved from Lewis to Glasgow; he relates how he misses his homeland and the effect the clearances has had... 63204
The people of Geshader Some residents of the village of Geshader in Uig are mentioned in this piece by the bard Norman Macleod (Am Bard Bochd). Norman Macleod was a schoolmaster at Loch Croistean school adjacent to the village of Geshader.... Yes 8595
An t-Eilean Siar (les an Urramach DU MacCoinnich, Arivruach) Oran mu an Eilean boidheach maiseadh ann an do tògaidh e. Sè a "MacLeod" air a bheill e labhart "Ceann Fearrna na Leodaich" a chuir a ruaig air na "Fife Adventurer". A song in... 60868
The Boatman This well-known song was written by Jane Finlayson (1775-1840) of Tong about her suitor, fisherman Donald Macrae of Uig. She laments Donald's continuing absence and wonders, in the face of her friends' advice to give up... 38997
Bagh Ciarach: 'Se nighean mo ghaoil The spirit of one of the murdered men from Mealista came to the bedside of his sweetheart and he sang to her the verses of this song - trying to explain to her what a cruel fate had overtaken them. Bagh Ciarach 'Se... 61449
Oran na Ciora This piece of bardachd written by John Smith, 18 Kirkibost is in the form of a heated conversation between a crofter and his pet lamb. The lamb is running amok and the crofter is losing his temper trying to catch it.... 63243
Amhran Ruaraidh Aonghais Oig John Smith, the bard from 18 Kirkibost, was returning from Stornoway with some friends and required a ferry across to Bernera. They approached Roderick Maclennan, a merchant from Newpark, Callanish who sold his goods by... 24404
Oran Mairi Dhall Mary Maciver, Màiri Dhall, left Valtos for America, where she was terribly homesick, and she composed the following song, Òran Màiri Dhall. Och nan och, tha mi fo mhulad, Dhomh-sa tha mo chòmhradh duilich, 'S truagh an... 66063
Cuairt air Ceos Reflections whilst taking a stroll around the village of Keose, by Roderick Smith, 3 Keose Glebe " 'S an deanntagach ruadh fàs suas sa' chagailt bha blath." Nach tric a thig an smuain a tha sin gu ar n-aire nuair a... Yes 8490
Baile Cheois Baile Cheois, le Murchadh Mac a'Ghobhain a bha 'na mhaighistear-sgoile ann an Ceos ann a' bhliadhna 1909 Poem about the village of Keose written by Murdo Smith, Luerbost, who was Headmaster of Knockinadue School in 1909... Yes 7273
Oran na Muice-Mara A satirical piece composed by John Smith, 18 Kirkibost. He portrays Murdo Macdonald 'am Brunach' from Tobson as a brave fisherman who harpoons a whale from the shore at Bernera. The whale takes off and the Brunach gives... 63244
Eachainn Bochd le Uilleam MacMhathain, Arivruach Oran eibhinn mu fear a bha bhean ga h'arachaidh A tale about a henpecked husband Tha cailleach às a' bhail' againnAbair g'eil i èibhinnBith 'm bodach bochd toirt chasan leis An dèidh... 60870
Oidhche Nam Shuain A poem written by Calum M Macdonald, latterly of Edinburgh, in which he dreams he's back in Kirkibost in his young days. Oichdhe nam shuain gun shiubhail mo smuainGu daoine bha uasal is bàigheil,A dhionnsuidh an t-... Yes 51678
Faire, Faire Mhic Catriona Faire, Faire Mhic Catriona was written by William Macphail, 19 Gravir, about 1930, and the following introduction to it in about 1950. Mac Catriona was the author's cousin, John Roderick Macphail. The maiden regrets a... Yes 45970
Oran Sniomh A song composed by Christina Murray of 6 Hacklete after the death of her husband. Seist: Gur fhada nis na dh'fhuirich miBho thoisich mi ri d urramanGur fhada nis na dh'fhuirich mi. Bho fhuair mi naidheachd air do... Yes 25380
S na hi o hu Chalumain A song by Mary Macdonald (b1885), of Hacklete and Valasay. 'S na hi o hù Chalumain 'S na hi o hù Chalumain Fallain gum bi thu 'S na hi o hù Chalumain 'S math thig breacan air fhiaradh Air sliasaid mo ghaoil sa O fhir a... Yes 25594
Cuairt Cuain The hymn Cuairt Cuain was composed by John Morison (Gobha na Hearadh) after his 1851 tour of the central belt of Scotland on the Free Church ship Breadalbane, when he aimed to secure funds to build and complete Manish... 107501
Bha fuil do chuirp chubhraidh The words and translation of this waulking song are taken from Carmina Gadelica. The song was composed by Nic Còiseam for her foster-son Donald MacDonald, Mac Iain mhic Sheumais, and tells of the injuries he sustained... 109720

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