Fonds consists of a number of songs collected by Reverend John Norman MacDonald in the summer of 1952. This manuscript was afterwards borrowed by a John MacRury, another Minister, who unwarrantably copied some of the songs and sent them to be printed in the Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness. The songs contained in this manuscript collection were obtained from various sources; many of them were taken down from the recitation of various people in Uist and elsewhere at intervales beginning in the year 1874 up to the present.
A. Manuscript of Gaelic poetry collected in the Outer Islands by Mr. Macdonald in the summer 1852, Glasgow 21 April 1852. (65 p.). Photocopies of original script.
CONTENTS: Texts and Translation of Laiodh Fhraoich -song by Donald MacLean (Domhnall Ban na Camairt) Folio 1, 61.
Fragment with Translation (Fuigheall do sheann Oran) Folio 9
Eulogy on Donald MacDonald (MacIain’ic Sheumais) Folio 10
Waulking Song (‘S mi’ m aonar air a’Leachdainn) Folio 14
Song (tha Ghaoth an Iar cho Caithreamach) Folio 16
Lament for John MacLeod, 6th of Raasay (Ian Garbh) Folio 21
Waulking song (‘S mise thug an Ceannach air Bainne Nighean Domhnaill) Folio 28
Eulogy on Captain Allan MacDonald, of Kingsburgh, by John MacCodrum Folio 32
Eulogy on Ranald MacDonald, 2nd of Milton Folio 35
Lament for Allan Morrison (Ailein Duinn shiubhlainn leat) Folio 41
Song (Maighdeann Mhic Fhearghuis) by Donald MacLellan Folio 44
Eulogy on Robert MacDonald MacIntyre by Alexander MacDonald (An Dall Mor) Folio 45
Eulogy on Alexander MacDonald, 5th of Vallay, by Donald MacSween Folio 47
Fragment (Latha Dhomh ‘s mi ann an Diuraidh) Folio 48
Song (An Oigh Fholuimte) by Donald Fraser, Rosemarkie Folio 49
Song of the Ossianic Society Folio 51
Verse of the Rev. Roderick MacDonald to John Gordon, 5th of Cluny Folio 52
Rev. John Norman Macdonald Collection MG 6.80
Eulogy of Major Alexander MacDonald, 4th of Vallay, by Alexander MacDonald (An Dall Mor) Folio 53
B. Preface - Rev. Angus MacDonald manuscript collection “Co-chruenneachadh de Dh’Orain, Madh agus sean, a Tomadh Cearn. Le Aougrus Macdhomhuill, Cleareach Chilliurnain, 1895. (3 p.).
Contents: (15 p.). Collection includes photocopies of the original script (212 p.).