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A Cape Breton Primer: Canada's Old World Music

  • Item
  • 1989

Item is a report titled "A Cape Breton Primer: Canada's Old World Music" written by Kate Dunlay and published in Sing Out! The Folk Magazine Vol. 34 #4 Fall 1989.

A Curious Collection of Scots Tunes

  • R M 41 D954
  • Item
  • n.d.

Item is a photocopy of a book of music containing strathspeys, reels, and jiggs for the violin, as well as the violoncello and harpsichord.

A History of the Scottish on Cape Breton Island

  • FC 2343.8 S3 M8
  • Item
  • 1 Apr. 1962

Item is a thesis titled "A History of the Scottish on Cape Breton Island," written by Thomas Redmond Murphy. The thesis describes the history of the Scottish community of Cape Breton Island, primarily of the counties of Inverness and Victoria.

A View of Three Concerts

  • Reports: Ethnic: Scottish
  • Item
  • 1998

Item is a report titled "A View of Three Concerts" written by Dan MacDonald.

Alex Francis McKay

  • 81-792-5872
  • Item
  • 1979

Item is a photograph of fiddler Alex Francis MacKay.

Alexander ("The Ridge") MacDonald

  • MG 6.72
  • Fonds
  • 19th century

Fonds consists of a microfilm reel relating to Gaelic literature and poetry.

MacDonald, Alexander

Allan J. Gillis fonds

  • MG 6.9
  • Fonds
  • 1777-1999

Fonds consists of papers consisting of: articles and music composed by or for Mr. Gillis; papers compiled by Mr. Gillis; clippings and handwritten versions of Gaelic poetry and stories; biographies and genealogical information; articles, songs and miscellaneous items.

A. Articles and music composed by or for Mr. Gillis:

  1. Bagpipe music composed by Mr. Gillis, 1965.
  2. "The Goilleachen", [n.d.], notes about a Gaelic Easter tradition.
  3. "A Highland Halloween in Canada". Halloween traditions in the Judique area.
  4. Allan James Gillis of Judique "March" by George D. Grant. This tune was composed by George Darroch Grant, a former pipe-major of the Scots Guards and the RCAF while he was Mr. Gillis' pipe-major in the City of Montreal Pipe Band. Photocopy, (1 p.).

B. Papers compiled by Mr. Gillis:

  1. Anecdotes about Donald Eoghain Duinn and Peter Smyth; "Peter Smyth's Song" by Alasdair MacLean.
    1a. Gaelic version of above.
    1b. Notes by Lloyd Leland on obscure words (Gaelic. and also notes about Alasdair MacLean (composer) by Allan Gillis, July, 1991 Photocopies (2 p.).
    B2. List of Scottish violin players.
    3."The Bluenosers' Castle" by Hugh Angus MacDougall.
  2. Genealogies:
    a. MacDonalds of Glendale and of Borrodale
    b. Neil MacDougall, Pioneer of Judique Intervale, 1975, (89 p.).
    c. The Clan MacLellan, compiled by Rev. James A. MacLellan, 1940, (18 p.).
    d. The Gillises of Rear Judique Banks, 1973 (15 p.).
  3. Diary of Angus Innis MacDougall, St. Ninians, 1912-1915, (77 p.).
    C. Clippings and handwritten version of Gaelic poetry and stories, including: an English translation of Bard MacLean's "Gloomy Forest". Photocopies, (18 p.); a lament for the death of Hugh MacDonald of Glencoe by Ronald Beaton; a Gaelic translation of the song "You Can't Make Monkey Out of Me";the story "Iseabail augs Monagan"; The songs "Catriona Dhonn", Anull do dh'Ile Bhoidheach and "An Till Thu Tuilleadh" by E MacFhionnghuin (Jonathan G MacKinnon?); "Rann do'n Cheud Cheard" by Duncan Ban MacIntyre and the song "A Mhairi Bhinn Mheall-Shuileach" composed by Jimmy (Seumas Aonghuis) MacKay of Kingsville

D. 1.Gillis genealogy, (2 p.).

  1. Co Leis Thu? A Dangerous Question, (1 p.).
  2. List of teachers 1907-1963 St. Ninian School, Judique Intervale, C. B., (1 p.).
  3. The Clubhouse Song by Allan Gillis, Ottawa, February 1992, (2 p.).
  4. Death of a Sturdy Old Pioneer, John MacDonald 1822-1913 plus Obituary, (3 p.).
  5. Gaelic names and brooks, bridges, roads etc., in the Glendale area - list compiled by Jimmy MacKay, West Bay Road, (2 p.).
  6. Letter of complaint by J. F. Gillis addressed to Rev. L. J. MacDonald, Parish Priest of Judique, April 24, 1938, (1 p.).
  7. Music sheet notes "Wee Donald's Farewell", The Creignish Hills, Glengarry's Dirk, Strathlorne March, The Antigonish Centenary Gathering, Cutting Bracken, Phelim's Wee Boat (Bardin Fheidhlimi. Wandering Mary, The Dark Stream (Ant'Alltan Dubh) Godfrey Crovan's Galley (Berlinn G Horaidh Chrobhain) My Eye is on Thee (Mo Shail a'd Dheiger) Leaving
    Barra, The Loch Tay Boat Song. (10 p.).
  8. The Goilleachan, A Gaelic Easter Feast by Allan Gillis, (1 p.).
  9. The Bluenosers' Castle, Lyrics to song. (2 p.).
  10. Memories by Hugh A. MacDougall, Lyrics to Song, (1 p.).
  11. Gaelic Mo Shuil A'D Dheigh, (1 p.).
  12. Lament for Allan MacFarlane by Walter MacFarlane, (1 p.).

E. Eigg (Eige. Roll - List of men, women & children in the Parish of Eigg 1764-1765 by Neill McNeill, Catechist including the Isle of Muck, Rumm & Canna. Census lists - Protestants --Isle of Eige, Papists, Galmisdale in Eige Papists, Gruline Papists, Laigtown, Cleadale in Eige Papists, Howland, Fivepenny in Eige,Sandmore, Sandbeg in Eige, Kildonan in Eige Papists, the Rev. Malcolm McAskill genealogy.

F. Miscellaneous items:

  1. Contract agreement for construction of first church in Judique, 13 June 1819, (2 p.).
  2. John MacLellan ‘‘Red" of Morar, Scotland and Glenville, Nova Scotia, compiled by Margaret A. Gillis, Windsor and Allan J. Gillis, Ottawa, 1997.
  3. Biographies and genealogies:
    a. Father David Gillies, Father Ronald Rankin, Duncan Joseph Rankin, and Peter Rankin, (6. p.).
    b. Passenger ship ‘‘Alexander", 1772.
    c. First petition for land in the Judique area, 1789, (3 p.).
    d. Father Anthony MacDonald Genealogy, (4 p.).
    e. Origins of Some Pioneer Families of River Denys Mountain and Area, Inverness Co., Nova Scotia by Donald E. Read and Allan J. Gillis, 1996, (28 p.).
    f. Some Lights and Shades of Family History by Angus J. MacDonald, Port Hawkesbury, 1893 (John ‘‘Ban" MacDonald, Eigg, Scotland., (10 p.).
    g. Gillies - Gillis - MacGillis by A. J. Gillis, 1995, (4 p.).
    h. MacLellans of Inverness County, 1871 Census, Inverness County, (27 p.).
    i. The MacLellans of Inverness County, 1871 Census.

G. Articles:
1A. Humble Cathedral, by Cathy Gillies, Port Hood. Church at Indian Point, Judique North, oldest Highland parish in Cape Breton, 1818, (2 p.).

  1. River Denys Mountain - A Sketch by Allan J. Gillis, 1997, (4 p.).

H. Songs:
1."The Cookhouse Song" by Peggy ‘‘Duncan Jim" MacDougall (Gillis), 1952, (1 p.).
2.Oran Pheadair (Peter Smyth’s Song., (6 p.).

  1. Oran Seann Mhoireasdan (mar gum b’ann le mhnaoi. le: Alasdair ‘‘Niall Mor" MacDhomhnuill, Beinn Noah, E.C.B. (Transcribed and translated by Effie Rankin, Mabou, 1995., (8 p.).
    Ship ‘‘Catherine", Mabou Pioneers, p. 639.

I. Genealogy and Information on the surname Boyd:

  1. Genealogy on the Boyds of Glendale, compiled by Allan J. Gillis, 1999 (15 p.).
  2. Reader’s letter to the Editor of The Oban Times, April 18, 1974, regarding the surname Boyd. (1 p.).

J. Genealogies

  1. Origins of some Pioneer Families of River Denys Mtn. And Area, Inverness Co., Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia by Donald E. Read and Allan J. Gillis, Ottawa, Ontario, 1999, (24 p.).
  2. The MacLellan Family of Hillsdale, compiled by Allan J. Gillis, 1999, (6 p.)
  3. The Descendants of Angus ‘‘Ban" Gillis, compiled by Margaret A. (Gillies) Gillis, Windsor, Ontario, 1998, (12 p.)
  4. The Descendants of John MacEachern, Kingsville, N.S., by Allan James Gillis, Ottawa, Ontario, 1999, (14 p.). (N.B. This follows out only the line of: A. John MacEachern)
    4a. The Descendants of John MacEachern, Kingsville, N.S., by Allan James Gillis, Ottawa, Ontario, 1999, (17 p.). (N.B. this follows out only the line of: A. John MacEachern). (This is a revised version of J. 4.

K. Some common Gaelic names as used in Cape Breton.

L. Correspondence
7 letters from Sister Margaret Beaton to Allan J. Gillis dated August 25, 1970 to December 6, 1971. (8 p. photocopies)

M. Photographs
Photograph (col.) of Allan J. Gillis with his two children, Alasdair and Duncan Gillis taken with Sister Margaret Beaton at Cape Bretoniana Archives, 1973. Photograph Accession number: 11-19-30042

Gillis, Allan J.

Am Bratach

  • PAM 159
  • Item
  • [after 1880]

Item is a newsletter published by the Gaelic Society of Toronto.

Among the Gaels

  • PAM 130
  • Item
  • March 1977

Item is an account of the Gaelic Society of Cape Breton's tour of Scotland in 1974.

Campbell, Peter J. MacKenzie

Angus R. MacDonald fonds

  • MG 6.33
  • Fonds
  • 1928-1973

Fonds consists of papers including poetry, book excerpts, and a scrapbook. Papers include:

  1. A collection of his poetry compiled by his daughter, Christena E. MacDonald, 1968. Also included is a poem by French Road bard, Duncan MacDonald. Typescript and printed, 32 pages.
  2. Excerpts from Songs of the Gael [n.d.]. Printed, 6 pages.
  3. Obituary of Angus R. MacDonald, 1973. Clippings including a poem by John Og Walker of Lake Ainslie.
  4. “Biography of Christena Evelyn MacDonald” 1931. Original, 9 pages.
  5. Scrapbook of clippings pertaining to Florence E. MacDonald’s track and field career, and including clippings on Johnny Miles, 1929.
  6. Failte Cheap Breatuinn: A collection of Gaelic poetry by Vincent A. MacLellan (1891). The MacNeil Edition edited by James Hugh MacNeil, 1933. Typescript 233 pages. Supplement, 1933, containing biography of V. A. McLellan. Typescript, 22 pages. Presented by Angus R. MacDonald.

MacDonald, Angus R.

Angus Stephen Beaton Collection

  • MG 6.61
  • Fonds

Fonds consists of two volumes of collected Gaelic songs by various Cape Breton and Scottish bards. An index is included in the front of each volume:

MacDonald, Allen “The Ridge”
MacDonald, Alexander “The Ridge”
MacDonald, Alexander “Am Painter Mor”
MacDonald, Dan Alex
MacDonald, John (Hunter)
MacDonald, Alexander (Turner)
MacDonald, Angus (MacAlasdair)
MacDonald, Allan (Miramachie)
MacDonald, Donald (The Ridge)
MacDonald, Angus (Aonghas MacAlasdair)
MacDonald, Dan S. (Miramachi)
MacDonald, A. T. (Antigonish)
MacKinnon, Jonathan G.
MacLellan, Angus Y
MacLellan, Donald (Big Dan)
MacLean, Alexander (Alasdair MacEoghain Bhain)
Gillis, Malcolm H. (Calum na h-Aibhne)
MacLean, Hugh
Beaton, Sam
Walker, John
Nicholson, Hugh (Eoin MacIain Ic Macail)
Ferguson, C. A.
Beaton, Ronald (Maire Ban)
MacIsaac, Hugh
Gillis, Hector
MacLean, John (not the Bard MacLean)
MacFayden, John
Gillis, Michael
MacIsaac, Allen
MacLean, Sam
MacEachern, Dougald
MacLean, Donald
Beaton, Angus
MacLeod, Neil

Angus Y. MacLellan fonds

  • MG 6.63
  • Fonds
  • 1912-1946

Fonds consists of poems, biography of Angus Y. MacLellan, and recollections of life on Margaree Island.

  1. Poem: “Clach An Càrn an Dòmhnallaich” was presented by Sister St. Francis of Rome, C.N.D.

  2. Duncan H. and Mary Margaret MacLellan recall their childhood spent on Margaree Island. Typescript, 12 pages Presented by Margaret Long, Brockton, Mass., June 1983.

  3. “My years on Margaree Island” by Lauranna MacLellan MacDonald, who presented the paper in December, 1983. Photocopy, 4 pages.

  4. Biography of Angus Y. MacLellan (1887-1960) Photocopy, 11 pages.

Songs composed by Angus Y. MacLellan and other bards that appear in "Smeòrach nan Cnoc 's nsn Gleann" and "Gaelic Songs in Nova Scotia". Photocopy, 10 pages
Story “Raonull Ban Mac Eoghain Oig” by Aonghas MacGillfhaolain. Print, 26 pages.

  1. “The Part Played by the Scottish Catholic Society of Canada in the Establishment of the St. F. X. Extension Department” 1953. Typescript, 21 pages.

Clippings: Obituary of Rev. Michael Gillis, 1970; Obituary of Ernest Hart, the Chairmaker from Northeast Margaree, n.d. Presented by Sister Carmelina MacLellan, Port Hawkesbury, 1984.

MacLellan, Angus Y.

Archibald A. MacKenzie fonds

  • MG 6.6
  • Fonds
  • 1983

Fonds consists of a selection of songs in Gaelic composed by Archie Alex MacKenzie.

MacKenzie, Archie Alex

Archibald Beaton fonds

  • MG 12.31
  • Fonds
  • 1897-1898

Fonds consists of correspondence of Archibald Beaton, Donald MacDonald and Rev. Ronald Beaton in Rome. Letters deal with the opening of the coal mines at Broad Cove in the late 1890s, a description of Rome, and the ordering of a set of bagpipes as a gift. Interspersed there is also bagpipe music, written by Archibald Beaton.

Beaton, Archibald

Archibald MacDonald, Gravestone

  • 91-1075-23036
  • Item
  • 1991

Item is a photograph of the gravestone marking the burial of piper Archie MacDonald. Mr. MacNeil is buried in Stella Maris Cemetery, Inverness.

Prendergast, Paul

Archie Morrison fonds

  • MG 6.34
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1979

This fonds consists of a collection of Gaelic songs, stories, poetry, history and tombstone inscriptions.

Papers are in Gaelic:

  1. Story: “Seann Chuimhneachan air a’ Choire Ghlas” copied from the work by John MacCormick, first appearing in An Gaidheal, Vol.2. Photocopy, 12 pages.
  2. Story: "A’Bhean Iadach" from Am Measg Nam Bodach, 1938.
    "Iain Ciar agus an Robair" from Aig Tigh na Beinne by Katherine Whyte Grant.
    "Eoghan Ruadh aig a ‘Mhod" from The Celtic Garland by Henry Whyte. Photocopies, 20 pages.
  3. Poetry and songs, many by Cape Breton bards. many have been copied from songs appearing in The History of Christmas Island Parish. Also a song composed by Murdoch Morrison of Ferguson's Lake and Gaelic translations of English hymns. Photocopies and originals, 38 pages.
  4. An typed excerpt from the Gaelic translation of the Episcopalian Book of Common Prayer. Photocopy, 1 page.
  5. Description of Islands of Coll, Uist and Mull copied from the book Am Measg nam Bodach, 1938.
  6. Inscriptions on the tombstones of John MacLean, Gaelic bard; Rev. Alexander MacLean Sinclair and Mrs. John Sinclair. Photocopy, 1 page. Presented by Mr. Morrison.

Bagpipes

  • R ML 980 B3 1973
  • Item
  • 1973

Baird Bho Eirinn 1975

  • PAM 152
  • Item
  • 1975

Item is part of a concert program, featuring the biographies and selected works of Dr. Gearóid Stockman and Brian Ó Maoileoin.

Barry Fraser fonds

  • MG 6.55
  • Fonds
  • 1979

Fonds consists of Gaelic songs collected and arranged by Mr. Fraser.

Chi Mi Bhuam composed by Alexander "Ridge" MacDonald
Am Bhraighidh composed by Malcolm H. Gillis

Mr. Fraser also provides the names of the individuals from whom he recorded the melodies transcribed.

Fraser, Barry

Brian MacDonald

  • Item
  • 1979

Item is a photograph of fiddler Brian MacDonald.

CBI Radio "Fresh Air" December 28, 1980

  • T-2008
  • Item
  • 1980

Item is a sound recording featuring several individuals from New Waterford, including Dr. Dan Nathanson, Mrs. Rose Schwartz, James P. MacNeil, and Margaret MacPhee.

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