Associated People: Sinclair, Mr Donald, Balephuil (1885 - 1975)

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2015.9.1

Typed transcript of Donald Sinclair, West Hynish, singing about a boat named `Eilidh a` Chuain`, 1968

Transcript of Eric Gregeen interviewing Donald Sinclair, West Hynish, in 1968. Donald sings an old song in Gaelic about a trading boat named `Eilidh a` Chuain / Helen of the Seas`, which mentions the Isle of Mann. He doesn`t know its exact origin, only that it was passed down orally through generations of his family. Created on A3 paper using a typewriter. The transcript is labelled SA 1968/246/A1, suggesting that it may also be available on CD from Pròiseact Thiriodh, School of Scottish Studies, Edinburgh.

2015.9.1 Donald Sinclair transcript

2014.39.1

Notes regarding audio recordings made on Tiree in 1972 and 1974

Two folders of handwritten notes made by Eric Cregeen while he was recording Tiree people speaking onto cassette tape during 1972 and 1974, plus a map of Balephuil, Balinoe and Barrapol annotated with the names of people living in each house. People recorded in notes: Donald Sinclair, Hector Kennedy – Balephuil, John Brown – Balephuil, John MacLean – Kilmoluaig, John MacLean – Cornaigbeg. Subjects covered include ancestry, Gaelic prose and songs, people living nearby, second sight, place names, shebeens, building construction, poverty, weather, schools, food, shops, water supplies, emigrants, rents, skeleton, confrontations, ferries and ships, literacy, crofts, Pairc na Coille, wars, Land Leagues, churches, illnesses.

2000.61.14

CD Pròiseact Thiriodh CD-SA1968-24.

Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin) of Balephuil sings 12 Gaelic songs by Duncan Bàn MacIntyre-MacLeod, a song by Iain Luim, a song by Alasdair MacMaighstear Alasdair to Bonnie Prince Charlie and another ‘Oran do ’n Phrionnsa’, a love song, talks about Alexander Carmichael’s visit to Tiree, sings another four Gaelic songs, talks about the size of Neil MacNeill, Hogmanay customs, lucky black cats, the habits of dogs, tells a story about a roasted cat, sings ‘Oran Alasdair’, ‘Aoir Anna’, ‘Oidche na Dunara’ and ‘Cumha Alasdair Mhic Colla’, talks about how to make horn needles and sings another two Gaelic songs.

2000.61.45

Mini-disk SA1968/32.

Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin) of Balephuil talks about poultry feed and flour, gives two proverbs, talks about women wrestling in Tiree, sings a song about the Campbells and MacLeans, talks about Hogmanay rhymes and traditions, sings ‘Calum Bàn’ and ‘Duain Callain’, talks about choosing a dog, about bards and sings two songs miscalling a Moss Bard and sings ‘Maighdeannan na h-Airigh’, talks about weaving patterns and dyeing, using hen dung for washing, sings a waulking song and a lullaby, talks bout using urine for waulking, washing, drying and finishing wool, barn dances, the words used during the process of turning wool to cloth, tailors and weavers.

2000.61.9

CD Pròiseact Thiriodh CD-SA1966-103.

Hector MacLean (Eachann Bàn) repeats a New Year rhyme; Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin) of Balephuil sings a satirical song by the Balemartine bard against factors and dukes; Hugh Campbell (Eòghann Nèill) sings a song in praise of Tiree; Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin tells a story about the cooper from Coll and the witches, sings a song about a drowning in Balephuil, talks about the family of Rev. Donald MacDougall, tells stories about the roasting of a witch, a CalMac captain’s lucky escape, the man who married a skull, his grandfather Alasdair Òg and the fairies, a fairy woman milking cows, sings the milking song sung by the fairy woman, talks about a minister’s view of Satan and the fairies, tells a story about fairy milk maids, sings a hunting song, talks about Rob Don MacKay’s schooldays, sings a song about Mac Ruary’s trousers and another about Culloden, tells the story of Iain Lom and the battle of Inverlochy and another about Ailean Dall (blind Alan) and sings a song miscalling Ailean Dall’s wife.

2000.61.40

Mini-disk SA1968/24.

Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin) of Balephuil sings 12 Gaelic songs by Duncan Bàn MacIntyre-MacLeod, a song by Iain Luim, a song by Alasdair MacMaighstear Alasdair to Bonnie Prince Charlie and another ‘Oran do ’n Phrionnsa’, a love song, talks about Alexander Carmichael’s visit to Tiree, sings another four Gaelic songs, talks about the size of Neil MacNeill, Hogmanay customs, lucky black cats, the habits of dogs, tells a story about a roasted cat, sings ‘Oran Alasdair’, ‘Aoir Anna’, ‘Oidche na Dunara’ and ‘Cumha Alasdair Mhic Colla’, talks about how to make horn needles and sings another two Gaelic songs.

2000.61.1

CD Pròiseact Thiriodh CD-SA1953-54.

Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chluim Bhain) of Balephuil talks about old stories; Murdo MacDonald plays some accordion tunes; children sing a Gaelic song; Hector MacLean tells a traditional story about a curse put on the factor; humerous song by an unknown artist; two stories told by John MacIntyre of Mull.

2000.61.20

CD Pròiseact Thiriodh CD-SA1968-34.

Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin) of Balephuil sings 18 Gaelic songs about Ailean Dall, love, Mac ’ic Ailein, quarrelling women, the Battle of Falkirk, sailing, boats and tobacco, talks about making whiskey, the bards in Balephuil and a preacher also called Donald Sinclair.

2000.61.35

Mini-disk SA1966/103

Hector MacLean (Eachann Bàn) repeats a New Year rhyme; Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin) of Balephuil sings a satirical song by the Balemartine bard against factors and dukes; Hugh Campbell (Eòghann Nèill) sings a song in praise of Tiree; Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin tells a story about the cooper from Coll and the witches, sings a song about a drowning in Balephuil, talks about the family of Rev. Donald MacDougall, tells stories about the roasting of a witch, a CalMac captain’s lucky escape, the man who married a skull, his grandfather Alasdair Òg and the fairies, a fairy woman milking cows, sings the milking song sung by the fairy woman, talks about a minister’s view of Satan and the fairies, tells a story about fairy milk maids, sings a hunting song, talks about Rob Don MacKay’s schooldays, sings a song about Mac Ruary’s trousers and another about Culloden, tells the story of Iain Lom and the battle of Inverlochy and another about Ailean Dall (blind Alan) and sings a song miscalling Ailean Dall’s wife.

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