Fonds MG 6.43 - Gaelic Songs

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Gaelic Songs

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MacKinnon, Ewen

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MG 6.43

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  • 20th century (Creation)

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56 p. of textual records

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The book of original Gaelic songs was in the custody of Stephen L. MacNeil of 77 George St. Sydney (born at Gillis Point).

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Fonds consists of Gaelic poetry, songs, hymns and a letter. Creator is unknown.

A. Notebook of handwritten Gaelic songs believed to be the songs of Ewen MacKinnon, otherwise known in Iona as "Bodach a'Bhidse".
B. Gaelic translation of the hymn “The Old Old Story.” Hexatonic scale adapted to regular musical store by unknown person. Original, 2 pages.
C1. Song "Chuir Mi Cul ri Iollaraidh" (with English translation) [n.d.] Original, 2 pages. Presented by Mr. & Mrs. John MacKenzie, Mira Gut.
C2. Song: “Bheir a Nall am Botal Dhu” [sic] (local composition) Original, 2 pages. Presented by John Allan MacNeil, Grand Narrows.
C3a. "Mi'm Shuidhe M'Onar" by Scottish bard Sorley Cameron. The name “Neil MacDonald” is penciled on the manuscript but not definite that he is the author. Original, 8 pages.
C3b Humourous song [untitled] also written in Cape Breton. Signed by Neil Macdonald but he was not the author. Also 2 fiddle tunes with musical notation, one stating that it is from Bill Lamey. Original, 5 pages.
C4. Song (untitled) likely of Cape Breton origin. Typescript, 1 page.
D. Letter written in Gaelic from Crows Nest to a friend in Inverness County, 1915. Original, 1 page. Presented by John Neil Beaton, Port Hood, 1984.

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  • Scottish Gaelic

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C1. This song was composed by Donald MacDonald, an immigrant from North Uist who settled in Catalone. MacDonald wrote the song for Angus Fraser, also a recent immigrant, on the occasion of him returning North Uist, having not been able to overcome his homesickness.
C3. Sorley (Somhairle) Cameron was a weaver in Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire in the 1700s. He wrote this song for Janet
"Bàn" Stewart with whom he was in love.

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