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.

2000.61.1

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.

2000.61.12

CD Pròiseact Thiriodh CD-SA1968-22.

Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin) of Balephuil sings ‘Mo Chailin Donn Òg’ and ‘Duanag a’ Chìobair’, talks about the famous wizard John MacLeod of Skye, sings ‘Gillean Ghleanndail’, a song advising men to marry, a satirical song ‘Lachann ’ic Iain ’ac Lachainn’, ‘Oran na Vivo’, a song about a herdsman in Caoles, a humorous song about herd ladies composed by Iain Mac Ailein and a sailor’s love song by the Balemartine bard.

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.

2000.61.28

Mini-disk 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.

2000.61.38

Mini-disk SA1968/22.

Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin) of Balephuil sings ‘Mo Chailin Donn Òg’ and ‘Duanag a’ Chìobair’, talks about the famous wizard John MacLeod of Skye, sings ‘Gillean Ghleanndail’, a song advising men to marry, a satirical song ‘Lachann ’ic Iain ’ac Lachainn’, ‘Oran na Vivo’, a song about a herdsman in Caoles, a humorous song about herd ladies composed by Iain Mac Ailein and a sailor’s love song by the Balemartine bard.

2000.61.46

Mini-disk 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.

2000.61.3

CD Pròiseact Thiriodh CD-SA1958-02.

John Henderson sings a song about fish and another about an old horse, talks about where the Hendersons came from and sings a verse about women; Donald Sinclair tells a story about Ossian, a bride toasting a man not her husband; John Henderson sings a eulogy to Hector MacLean.

2000.61.13

CD Pròiseact Thiriodh CD-SA1968-23.

Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin) of Balephuil talks about ceilidhing, sings a hymn ‘An t-seann, t-seann sgeula’, tells a story about a brewer, sings six Gaelic songs, one about the Balephuil fishing disaster of 1856, talks about bothies, sings another eight Gaelic songs, gives a prayer for a safe sea voyage, sings three Gaelic love songs and one about distilling whiskey, talks about Donald the Cooper’s daughter in America, tells a story about two old men in Caoles, sings two more love songs and talks about witches.

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