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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.

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

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.

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

Donald "Dan Alex" MacDonald fonds

  • MG 6.35
  • Fonds
  • 1969

Fonds consists of 27 songs in Gaelic, two hymns in English and a newspaper account of the MacDonalds' 50th wedding anniversary in 1969. Mr. MacDonald, a farmer from Framboise, composed many Gaelic songs, the most famous of which was "Failte Cheap Breatunn". See also Tapes 107, 231, and 232.

MacDonald, Dan Alex

Donald Dougal MacFarlane fonds

  • MG 6.39
  • Fonds
  • 1927

Fonds consists of papers including poems and a genealogy of the MacFarlanes, compiled by D.D. MacFarlane.

A. Gaelic version of “Scots Wha Hae” and “Ath Shealladh” the latter of which was composed by Mr. MacFarlane on New Year's Day, 1927. Presented by Finlay Campbell, Saint John.
B. Translation into Gaelic of “The Minstrel Boy” and “Lord Ullin’s Daughter,” both by Mr. MacFarlane. Original, 4 pages. Presented by Estate of W. S. MacFarlane, 1981.
C. Genealogy of the MacFarlanes by D. D. MacFarlane, 1943 Original, 5 pages. (Indexed copy filed in B & G File) Presented by Rev. John Hugh MacEachen, July 1984.

MacFarlane, Donald Dougal

Donald Fergusson fonds

  • MG 11.88
  • Fonds
  • 1490-1985

Fonds consists of material relating to Dr. Fergusson's books dealing with Scottish Gaelic culture.

Fergusson, Donald Allister

Douglas MacPhee fonds

  • MG 15.32
  • Fonds
  • 1979-

Fonds consists of Scottish and Irish violin music collected and compiled by Douglas MacPhee of New Waterford; includes poems, clippings, tributes, and recordings.

A. Scottish and Irish violin music collected and compiled by Mr. MacPhee.

B. Two bills from two New Waterford stores. Originals, photocopy 2 bills, 1 page

  1. D. F. MacLeod, June 29,1928
  2. The little red stores, March 19th, 1937

C. Poem to Doug MacPhee on the occasion of his birthday by lois ross, June 1986. Photocopy, 1 page

D. References to 4th L.P. Record "Reel of Tulloch". Newspaper clippings, photographs, letters 12 pages

E. Tributes re Doug MacPhee. Newspaper clippings, letters, originals 12 pages

F. Tributes and thank you in appreciation of Doug's music. Typescript, newspaper clippings, letters, cards .5cm.

G. Cape breton talent directory, preface by Doug MacPhee. Printed material, 29 pages

H. Scottish, irish and other compositions composed for Doug MacPhee and they include jigs, reels, marches, strathspeys, clogs, hornpipes, and airs. Photocopy, 14 pages

I. Script interview by walter bond of Dougie MacPhee in November, 1987. Photocopy, 9 pages.

J. Newspaper clippings & programs from 1961-1990. 35 pages.

K. Correspondence from Mr. MacPhee to John Paul II, Vatican, Rome, 1984. 1 page photocopy

  1. Reply from Secretariat of State, Vatican City, November 21, 1984, original, 1 page.

L. Virginia Scottish Games - Celtic folk music festival program, 28th & 29th July, 1990 & schedule 2 pages

  1. Summer ceilidh series 1990 schedule 1 page
  2. Newspaper clippings "fiddle festival at Gaelic College celebrates our musical heritage" photo of Doug and Dan Joe macinnis c.B. Post 18 August, 1990 1 page

M. Acknowledgement letter from Mae Cameron, 1 page

N. Correspondence from Dr. Norman E. Burgess, director, conservatory of music and speech arts, Calgary's community college, 5 december, 1989 2 pages.

O1. Clipping c.B. Post, 29 July, 1991 "Musical Ambassador" 1 page.
O2. Clipping titled "Support for MacPhee" c.B. Post, 28 August, 1991 1 page.

P1. Program - the old town school of folk music concerts, chicago - feb. 14-16, 1992.
P2. Brochure - folk festival of traditional music, chicago - feb.14-16, 1992.
P3. Chicago tribune - january, 1992 newspaper clipping "old-timey tunes" 1 page.
P4. The art institute of chicago - map of museum.

Q. A book of songs and “come-all-ye” of Cape Breton and Newfoundland. .5 cm

R. Correspondence, brochures, and clippings

Dr. Donald Fergusson Essays in Scottish Gaelic Culture

  • MG 6.76
  • Fonds
  • 1987-1994

Fonds consists of essays from an annual essay competition at the University College of Cape Breton, advancing research in traditional history, songs, narrative traditions of Gaelic culture. Essays are arranged by year of competition.

  1. 1987/88:
    a. Marilyn Dwyer, "Presenting, The Ancient Tradition of Gaelic Psalm Singing in the Presbyterian Church". Essay includes three tapes with an index. T-3193 (a-b-c)
    b. Kate Dunlay, "Cape Bretoners in Boston: Maintaining Identity".
    c. Donald J. MacNeil, "Cape Breton Folksong Tradition".

  2. 1988/89:
    a. Marilyn Dwyer, "An nì nach cluinn mi an diugh chan aithris mi 'maireach, Eòin MacGilliosa MacFhionghuin (Jonathan Gillies MacKinnon)".
    b. Marilyn MacDonald, "Milling Frolics on the North Shore a Look at the Past, Present, and Future". One video tape is included. FT 41
    c. Winnifred J. MacDonald, "Sang abune a' sang" (Collections, Composers, and Fiddlers). One audio tape is included. T-3194

  3. 1990: Kathleen Dunlay, "The Playing of Traditional Scottish Music: Old and New - World Styles and Practices".

  4. 1991: Jacqueline Ann Dunn,"Tha Blas na Gàidhlig Air A h- Uile Fidhleir". (The Sound of Gaelic is in the Fiddler's Music)

  5. 1992: Jeff MacDonald,"Bràighe na H-Aibhne Iarmad mo Shluaigh" (Life and Times of the Scottish Settlers at St. Mary's Parish, River Denys Area.)

  6. 1993-1994: Margaret Bennett "Gaelic Song in Eastern Canada: Twentieth Century Reflections"

  7. 1994: K. Diane Grant "A Study of the Second Sight in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and Nova Scotia"

  8. 1994: Rannie Gillis "Celtic Education". Family history and an account of how one would be enculturated and socially educated in the Gaelic culture of Cape Breton.

  9. 1994: Paula Rice "Mary with the Ewe". Agricultural practices in Scotland and pioneer Cape Breton.

Elizabeth MacEachern Collection

  • MG 12.103
  • Fonds
  • 1817-1972

Papers include:

1a. Correspondence and papers of the Cameron Family, Creignish, Including draft of a petition to Bishop C.F. Mac Kinnon, Bishop of Arichat [ca. 1854]; Letter from Duncan Cameron to his Brother Angus, 1851; Account Between Donald Mac Donald, Dyer, Mabou and John Cameron, 1854-1868; Trustees, Low Point Parish To Hugh Macmaster About Road Construction, 1857; Royal Gazette Notice Re Estate of Archibald Cameron, 1915.

1b. Miscellaneous Notes and Receipts, 1817-1910.

2a. Correspondence With Sister Margaret Beaton Giving Progress Reports of Work Done Under the Grant, 1972.

2b. Material Collected by Bessie MacEachern: the Grand Narrows Railway Bridge, 1959; Cape Breton Railroads, 1697-1964; Histories of Port Hood, Port Hawkesbury, Mabou and the Parish of Brook Village; Biographies of Rev. Dr. John F. Mac Master, Msgr. Donald Macpherson, Rev. Lauchlin J. MacDonald; Tributes To Rev. Donald Rankin; Folklore, home remedies, Scottish recipes and the working of wool or flax [gaelic].

  1. Six Gaelic poems composed by Donald Maclellan and John Macdonald as well as by anonymous authors; Poetry: "Willie Rielly and His Dear Coleen Bawn", "Causeway Song", by Charlotte Rankin Macinnes; "Angus L.", by H.M. Logan; "My Ingonish Home" (with Music) by Earle Donovan; "When the 'Hurry On' Went Down" by Euphemia Malcolm Mc Eachern; " A Come-all-ye On the Giant" by Lauchlin Macneil; "the Wreck of the Kittie, 1876".

MacEachern, Elizabeth

Gaelic Conferences

  • MG 6.71
  • Fonds
  • 1980

Fonds consists of a submission by the Mabou Gaelic and Historical Society to the preliminary conference on Gaelic, Iona, 04 May 1980. Letter and timetable of the Gaelic conference held at St. Ann's on May 16-18, 1980.

Gaelic Society of Cape Breton fonds

  • MG 6.50
  • Fonds
  • 1969-1983

Fonds consists of the constitution, by-laws, newsletters, programs, correspondence, addresses, clippings, questionnaires, and reports.

Gaelic Society of Cape Breton

Gaelic Songs

  • MG 6.43
  • Fonds
  • 20th century

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.

Gordon F. MacQuarrie

  • MG 15.8
  • Fonds
  • 1933-1965

Fonds consists of 1) Scottish music, handwritten, some composed by Mr. MacQuarrie; 2) Fragments of letters about music; and 3) a newspaper clipping by the Cape Breton Post of Mr. MacQuarrie’s death.

MacQuarrie, Gordon F.

Hugh Francis MacKenzie fonds

  • MG 6.23
  • Fonds
  • 1905-1986

Fonds consists of papers that include:

b. Two copies of the history of the first settlers in Iona including MacKenzie's version of the story of their first encounter with the Mi'Kmaq ; a story in English and set in Christmas Island. Many cultural practices are discussed ; a speech addressed to The Nova Scotia and Canadian Associations of Social workers ; two songs in English.

MacKenzie, Hugh Francis

International Conference for Gaelic Language and Culture

  • MG 6.74
  • Fonds
  • 1987

Fonds consists of a collection of documents relating to the Conference, held in Sydney on October 15,16, and 17, 1987.

  1. Program brochures, Map/guide '87, discussion group list of participants, Gaelic College and Nova Scotia Highland Village brochures.
  2. Newspaper clippings re: conference.
  3. Na Croileagain, by Rosemary McCormack, programme co-ordinator, typescript, 2 pages.
  4. Sealladh gu taobh -oral tradition and reminiscence by Cape Breton gaels, edited by James Wilson & Ellison Robertson, printed material 32 pages.
  5. Agenda - includes welcome on behalf of chairperson, Dr. Robert J. Morgan, typescript 13 pages.
  6. Special events - Gaelic church service october 18, 1987 at Trinity United Church, Rev. Ivan Gregan, typescript 1 page.
  7. First croileagan or Gaelic nursery school/playgroup proposal. Typescript, 1 page.

Isobel MacDonald fonds

  • MG 6.41
  • Fonds

Fonds consists of Gaelic hymn music composed by Isobel T. MacDonald of South Uist, Scotland The hymns are all compositions of Fr. Allan MacDonald, Eriskay.

James "Jim Hughie" MacNeil fonds

  • MG 6.37
  • Fonds
  • 1936-1955

Fonds consists of:

  • papers including correspondence with D.D. MacFarlane, Joseph D. MacKinnon and Fr. Angus MacNeil pertaining to MacNeil, MacSween and MacFarlane genealogies and to Gaelic songs
  • list of members of the Caledonian Society, Sydney
  • story entitled "Stephen the Spendthrift"
  • passport photo of Mr. MacNeil [#79-1192-4172]

James A. MacNeil fonds

  • MG 6.24
  • Fonds
  • 1932-1942

Fonds consists of papers including stories, songs, newspaper clippings and a scrapbook. Papers include:

  1. “An t-Each Dubh”, a folktale in Gaelic copied down by Jonathan G. MacKinnon from a manuscript of a transcribed story collected by Hector MacLean and John Francis Campbell in Mingulay in the mid. 1800s. The date of the copy is July 7th, 1911. Original, 9 pages.
  2. Gaelic songs with music [n.d.]. Original, 8 pages.
  3. Part of the story “Domhnull MacThormaid agus Leanamh-Sithe Cnoc a'Chuilinn” and "Gaol Gaidhealach" in Clarsach an Doire by Neil MacLeod. 22pages.
  4. Teachdaire nan Gaidheal, 1932-1934. Scattered issues. Printed. 1 cm.
  5. Scrapbook of Scottish and Gaelic items, 1942. 3 cm.

MacNeil, James A.

James Charles MacNeil fonds

  • MG 6.21
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1970

Fonds consists of personal correspondence, speeches Gaelic related materials, activities and initiatives by the Scottish Catholic Society (St. Kentigern Branch) and scrapbooks with newspaper clipping and local news.

MacNeil, James Charles

John Allan Cameron

  • MG 15.34
  • Fonds
  • 1978

Fonds consists of correspondence, papers, and clippings pertaining to the “Cape Breton Salutes John Allan Cameron” program, October 21 and 22, 1978, sponsored by the Division of Continuing Education, College of Cape Breton, and New Dawn Enterprises.

John Dan MacNeil fonds

  • MG 6.38
  • Fonds
  • 1977

Fonds consists of a speech in Gaelic and English delivered at St. Andrew's Night Ceilidh, Sydney by John Dan MacNeil. He outlines what he believes to be the reason fro the decline in Gaelic speakers and urges those who have the language to use it regularly.

MacNeil, John Dan

John James "J.J." MacKinnon

  • MG 6.36
  • Fonds
  • 1943

This fonds consists of a notebook of Gaelic songs, correspondence and poetry:

Notebook of Gaelic songs, many by Cape Breton bards [n.d.]
Letter from Dr. P. J. Nicholson pertaining to a Gaelic poem, 1943.
Gaelic poem composed by J. J. MacKinnon, n.d. Print, 1 page.

MacKinnon, J. J.

John Norman MacDonald fonds

  • MG 6.80
  • Fonds
  • 1852-1895

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.).

Joseph Beaton Collection of Gaelic Songs and Poems

  • MG 6.79
  • Fonds
  • 1985-1996

Fonds consists of a family genealogy, along with Gaelic songs and poems.

1) Oran Marbhadh Na Muice (Le Aonghas R. MacDhombnuill)
2) Oran A Chollich (2 copies)
3) Cruachan - Beann (Ben Cruachan)
4) Fath Mo Mhulaid I Bhi Thall
5) Oran A 'Cheilidh
6) Duanag An T - Seoladair
7) Tha Buadh' Air An Uisge Bheatha (2 copies)
8) Muile Nan Mor Bheann
9) Gu'r Math Mar Tha Ged Tha E Fliuch (2 copies)
10) Lunneag Do Mabu
11) The Bochan Bridge of Canso
12) Where Have The Years Gone?
13) Oran A 'Chuil's A' Chladaich (Le D. MacDhomhnaill)
14) Oran Seacharan Seila
15) Domb'll MacEadhmuinn (Le B.A. MacIll'eollain)
16) Am Fleasgach Dualach (Le M.A. Nic Fnionghain, Kirkwood)
17) Sar-Obair Nam Bard Gaelach, 1877 (2 copies)
18) To A Famous Character In Roxbury
19) Oran Do Bara-Roth
20) Dan Do Sheann Ford
21) Do Bheinn Chlann - Domhnuill, Air An Rathad Fhrangach, Chap Breatunn (Le aonghas R. MacDhomh,Uill) Fonn: Smeorach Chlann Domhnuill
22) Mo Dhachaidh
23) A Samhradh's Nan Beanntan An Iar (Springtime In The Rockies) (Le M.M. Baddeck, C.B.)
24) Oran Do Alasdair Moireastan (Mar Gu'm B'ann Le 'Mhnaoi)
25) Gu De A'I Mi Mur Faigh Mi Thu
26) C'Ait An Caidil An Nionag
27) Oran Gaidhlig
28) Hi Oro's Na Horo Eile (Taken from THE GESTO collection, page 39)
29) Oidhche Mhath Leibh
30) Duil Ri Bailechaolais Fhaicinn O Chi; Chi Mi Na Mor Bheannaibh (2 copies)
31) Na Laithean Bh'Ann O Chian (Robert Burns)
32) 'Sneachda Mor Mhabou
33) One Untitled Piece
34) Original hand-written notes - miscellaneous Gaelic and English songs & poems - 19 pages
35) One humorous letter - (October 1985)

Joseph J. MacInnis fonds

  • MG 6.20
  • Fonds
  • 1924-1939

Fonds consists of a large collection of Scottish music and Gaelic material. Papers include:

  1. Corresponding and subscription lists of the paper Mosgladh, 1928- 1931, including correspondence from the Scottish Catholic Society. Original, 2 cm. First report of St. Kentigern Ceilidh Club, 1924. Typescript, 4 pages.
  2. Handwritten copies of Gaelic Songbook by Vincent MacLellan, the Gesto Collection of Highland Music and other Scottish music. Original, 75 pages.
  3. Typewritten copies of Collection of Gaelic Proverbs by Donald MacIntosh, 1785. 47 pages. (See Item MG 6.20 3). Creating a New Scotland in Canada by Catherine MacKenzie. 7 pages. The brooch of Lorne by Hector MacDougall, 12 pages. Preface to The Skye Collection of Reels and Strathspeys, 4 pages.
  4. Printed material and clippings: “Clann na Gael ‘n Cogadh ‘s ‘n Sith”, 1918; clippings on Flora MacDonald, 1934; Folklore of the Hebrides, 1937; Gaelic School in Sydney, 1927; Scottish Catholic Society, New Waterford, 1927, Picture of members of “Celtic Ceilidh” radio program, 1934.
  5. Cumha for Joseph J. MacInnis, 1944 by Hugh MacKenzie.
  6. Part of a Gaelic prayer book. 1 cm (see Item MG 6.20 6)

MacInnis, Joseph J.

Joseph Lawrence MacDonald fonds

  • MG 6.31
  • Fonds
  • 1896-1995

Fonds consists of materials collected by Mr. MacDonald while he was on an LIP grant. Papers include:

  1. Promissory note of Angus MacLean in favour of D. N. McIntyre, Boisdale, 1896. Original, 1 page.
  2. League of the Cross membership card for Ronald MacKenzie, Christmas Island, 1908. Original, 1 page.
  3. Nova Scotia High School certificate, Grade X, for Joseph Lawrence MacDonald, 1926. Original, 1 page.
  4. Memorial card of Mrs. Alex N. MacNeil, 1962, Printed, 1 card.
  5. Diary kept by John A. MacDonald, of a trip to Scotland, 1971. Photocopy, 11 pages.
  6. List of the Alexander MacDonalds on the Kinloch estate, 1700-1800. Photocopy, 2 pages.
  7. Translation of the Gaelic story “Cross Road House” by Joseph L. MacDonald. Typescript, 4 pages.
  8. Historical sketch of the Island of Lewis. Photocopy, 4 pages.
  9. Weekly Work Record of Joseph L. MacDonald, 1972 Original, 20 pages.
    10.3 Gaelic stories. Original and typescript, 7 pages.
  10. Gaelic bible tract: “Ubhlan Oir” Printed, 26 pages.
  11. Plan and descriptions of violins. Printed, 4 pages.

MacDonald, Joseph Lawrence

Kathleen Lamont MacKinnon fonds

  • MG 6.29
  • Fonds
  • 1964-1974

Fonds consists of documents relating to research on Gaelic Culture in Nova Scotia and other items written by Ms. MacKinnon. Papers include:

  1. Manuscript copy of thesis: “A Study of the History and Traditions of the Highland Scot in Nova Scotia.” This includes the Gaelic transcription of the folktale "Cath nan Eun" by Hughie Dan MacDonnell and mentions other stories and storytellers of the time. MacKinnon also makes mention of well known singers and includes transcriptions of their songs, 1964 Typescript, 155 pages.
    Refer also to bound copy: file FC 2350 S3 M5.
  2. An Appraisal of the Gaelic Collection in Cape Bretoniana. Refer also to bound copy: Reports file - College of Cape Breton. 1964. Hand-written and typescript, 10 pages.
  3. Menus and toasts in Gaelic, and correspondence concerning them. Original, typescript and printed, 27 pages. Two clippings of toasts printed in Scottish newspapers were in the custody of John A. MacDougall.

Louisbourg Scottish Society fonds

  • MG 6.77
  • Fonds
  • 1918

Fonds consists of documents including minutes, membership lists, applications, by-laws, purpose and list of members. Includes minutes of the first organizational meeting - 14 February, 1918, and subsequent minutes March 5th, March 19th, April 2nd, May 7th, 1918.

Louisbourg Scottish Society

MacTalla an Eilean/Island Echoes

  • MG 6.42
  • Fonds
  • 1971

Fonds consists of the script of the first ten programs of "Island Echoes", "MacTalla an Eilean" - 8 May 1971 - 10 July 1971. This program was hosted by Hugh MacKenzie on Radio Station C.B.I., Sydney and later by Norman MacLeod, following Hughie's death.

MacKenzie, Hugh Francis

Malcolm H. Gillis fonds

  • MG 6.8
  • Fonds
  • 1927

Fonds consists of a Gaelic song "Na Cnoic 's na Glinn" with words and music by Mr. Gillis; the song "Nigh'n Donn a Chuil Reidh, written by Gillis. There is also Mr. Gillis' notebook containing songs in Gaelic and English, one of which is the original version of "Na Cnoic 's na Glinn"; violin music; record of marriages, 1881-1883, probably performed in St. Joseph's Church, Southwest Margaree. Also included is an affidavit by Malcolm R. MacLeod concerning the copyright of Gilis' songs.

Gillis, Malcolm H.

Margaret MacPhee

  • MG 15.76
  • Fonds
  • 1912-1997

Fonds consists of correspondence and newspaper clippings:
a. Newspaper clipping: Tribute of Margaret MacPhee, August 23, 1980. 1 p.
b. Thank you acknowledgement. 1 p.
c. Letter from the Gaelic Society. 1 p.
d. Testimonial napkin and invitation.
e. Newspaper clipping: MacPhee Clan Ceilidh is enjoyed. 1 p.
f. Coloured photographic portrait of Margaret; 3.5 x 5 inches, 1980.
g. Newspaper clipping, The Coastal Courier: New Waterford Gaelic Singers, February 1, 1989.
h. Newspaper clipping, Cape Breton Post: "A Lively Step" Annie Grechuk and Margaret MacPhee, March 13, 1989.
i. New Waterford Parks and Recreation Committee volunteers the Heart of the Community Award to Margaret MacPhee, 1989.
j. Certificate of Achievement, Continuing Education Class Program, 1974.
k. Biographical letter highlighting Margaret's career, 1989. 1 p.
l. Magazine article from "A Cape Breton Ceilidh" by Allister MacGillivray, June 1988, featuring the piano career of Margaret MacPhee. 2 p. Also a stepdancing article from the same magazine on Margaret's accomplishments as a step dancer, June 1988. 4 p.
m. Musical compositions by Margaret MacPhee: Alex Graham's Jig, Jeanette (MacDonald) Beaton's Jig, Margaret MacPhee's Jig, Jacqueline's Jig, Doug's Jig, Josie MacArthur's Jig. Photocopies, 2 p.
n. Newspaper clipping, The Community Press, Wednesday, November 27, 1996 "Margaret MacPhee - A Very Talented Lady," 2 p.
o. Biography and Obit., C. B. Post March 5, 1997.
p. Eulogy - Fr. Greg MacLeod - March 6, 1997
q. Funeral Notice and Card of Thanks - C. B. Post April 5, 1997.
r. Appreciation card and photo of Margaret MacPhee.
s. Tribute by Elizabeth Patterson, Cape Breton Post, March, 1997; See MG 11.40 Dr. Charles MacDonald, Reference item D (https://beatoninstitute.com/macdonald-charles).
t. Newspaper clippings from Community Press & C. B. Post In Memoriam tributes for Margaret on the anniversary of her death March 3, 1997.

MacPhee, Margaret

Mosgladh : Subscription Lists and Correspondence

  • MG 6.60
  • Fonds
  • 1928-1933

Fonds consists of subscription lists and correspondence concerning same to the business managers, Rev. Sam Campbell and Rev. J.J. Bryden, 1928-1932. Included are letters from A.J. Mackenzie, Christmas Island, 1933, John A. MacDougall of Glace Bay and Lauchlin MacGillivray, Antigonish. Mosgladh, published in English and Gaelic, was the official organ of the Scottish Catholic Society of the Diocese of Antigonish. This periodical ran from February 1928 to December 1932. The Beaton Institute holds the complete run.

Neil A. MacLeod fonds

  • MG 6.62
  • Fonds
  • 1954-1956

Fonds consists of correspondence from Major C.I.N. MacLeod, Gaelic Advisor, Nova Scotia Department of Education, with words of 7 Gaelic songs by Cape Breton composers. They are: "Ged a Sheòl Mi ai M'Aineol", Tha Buaidh air an Uisge Beatha", "Ille Dhuinn Chaidh Tu'm Dhìth","Mo Nighean Donn á Còrnaig", A Mhàiri Dhubh 's a Mhàiri Dhonn", "Mo Rùn a Chunna Mi an Diugh" and "Horo Mo Nighean Donn Bhòidheach".

MacLeod, Major C.I.N.

Peggy and Dan Currie Collection of Scottish Dance Music

  • MG 6.78
  • Fonds
  • 1896-1938

Fonds consists of a collection of sheet music and books donated by Peggy and Dan Currie.

  1. How To Master The Violin (A Practical Guide) By Pavel L. Bylovetzski - (1917)
  2. The Universal Favourite Contra Dance Album (Reels, Hornpipes, Jigs, etc.) By Paul De Ville - (1905)
  3. Community Song Album No.2 By Francis, Day, & Hunter Ltd. - (n.d.)
  4. National Dance Album By T.S. Gleadhill - (n.d.)
  5. Allan's Ballroom Companion (For The Violin) By Mozart Allan - (n.d.)
  6. Craig's String-Band Music By Thomas Craig - (n.d.)
  7. White's Unique Collection Of Jigs, Reels, etc. (Arr. for Violin with Piano Acc.) By White-Smith Music Pub. Co. a) 1896 & b) 1902
  8. Dance Music of The North (Violin and Piano) By Alfred Moffat - (1908)
  9. White's Excelsior Collection of Jigs, Reels, & Hornpipes (For Piano) By White-Smith Pub. Co. - (1907)
  10. Logan's Collection of Highland Music (Arranged For The Violin) By Patterson's Publications Ltd.
    a) Book 1 - (1924)
    b) Book 2 - (n.d.)
    c) Book 4 - (n.d.)
    d) Book 5 - (n.d.)
  11. Beauties of The Ballroom (Arranged For The Violin) By Scott Skinner - (n.d.)
  12. Kerr's Collection Of Dance Music (For The Violin) By James S. Kerr, Music Publisher - (n.d.)
  13. The Balmoral Reel Book (Arranged For The Violin) By Bayley & Ferguson - (n.d.)
  14. The Scottish Violinist By J. Scott Skinner - (n.d.)
  15. The Cornhuskers Book Of Old Time Fiddlin' Tunes (Series#4) By Harry E. Jarman - (1938)
  16. Country Dances (Jigs, Reels, & Strathspeys) By Ernest Haywood - (1933)
  17. Marr & Co.'s Royal Collection Of Airs, Quicksteps, etc. (n.d.)
  18. Old Fiddlers Collection Of Old Time Dances (and dance calls), Jigs & Reels, Old Time Popular Tunes, etc. (For The Violin) By W.H. Billing Music Co. Ltd. - (1933)
  19. The Robbins Collection Of 200 Jigs, Reels And Country Dances (For Violin, Piano, Flute, or Mandolin) By Robbins Music Corporation - (1933)
  20. Lowe's Collection,
    a) Book First - (n.d.)
    b) Book Fourth - (n.d.)
    c) Book Sixth - (n.d.)
  21. Misc. Selection Of Marches, Quicksteps, Laments, Strathspeys, Reels & Country Dances [2 Books - a) & b)]

Rev. John Hugh MacEachen

  • MG 6.67
  • Fonds
  • 1982

Fonds consists of a Gaelic song (with English translation) composed by Father MacEachen on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of St. Margaret's Parish, Broad Cove.

Ronald MacEachern fonds

  • MG 15.11
  • Fonds
  • 1977

Fonds consists of papers, including musical manuscripts written by Mr. MacEachern, and a book of folk songs compiled by Mr. MacEachern. Refer to Tapes 1066 and 1067.

MacEachern, Ronald

S.J. MacKinnon fonds

  • MG 6.1
  • Fonds
  • 1962

Fonds consists of an address to the Caledonian Society, Sydney on St. Andrew's Night, November 1962.

MacKinnon, Stephen J.

Scottish Catholic Society fonds

  • MG 6.26
  • Fonds
  • 1920-1946

Fonds consists of minutes, correspondence, constitution and by-laws, financial records, addresses, cash book, roll book, and membership records that were created by the Scottish Catholic Society.

Scottish Catholic Society