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.

2000.61.36

Mini-disk SA1966/104.

Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin) of Balephuil sings a song about the Battle of Falkirk in 1746, a love song and a verse of satire by Duncan Bàn, talks about Iain Mac Ailein experiences in North America, his own relations particularly the Blacks from Lismore, sings an elegy to Colin Campbell, talks about Ailean Breac and the death of Colin Campbell, the meeting of the MacLeans of Duart and Ailean nan Sop, cattle raiding, a saying attributed to Thomas the Rhymer, the killing by Glengarry of his son-in-law, sings a song composed by Gilleasbuig MacPhail, talks about bards and their immunity from law, evil and protective charms, island witches, the song ‘Pilot the Dog’ and the bards involved in its composition and sings a song in praise of Mull by Dugald MacPhail.

2000.61.16

CD Pròiseact Thiriodh CD-SA1968-28

Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin) of Balephuil sings three Gaelic songs, talks about wandering minstrels, tells an obscene story, sings a love songs and one in praise of companionship, talks about the clan Brown, sings a song about a boat, talks about one of the Browns from Balephuil, second sight, sings a Gaelic love song, a humorous song by Mary Flora MacPhail of Cornaig, a woman’s love song for a sailor and two more Gaelic songs, give a saying about a lazy man and another popular saying, sings a song about the first boat fishing after the Balephuil disaster and a sailor’s song, a song about the Rennies and one about a thin horse, gives a saying about ravens and their eggs, sings a Gaelic love song, gives a fragment of a folktale, sings two fragments of Ossianic ballads and talks about his father’s storytelling.

2000.61.29

Mini-disk SA1958/2.

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.

2000.61.47

Mini-disk SA1868/35.

Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin) of Balephuil talks about meeting a Barra bard, playing board games, sings six Gaelic songs, talks about the meaning of some Tiree words, sings a love song, talks about poverty, paying the miller with flour, herring fishing, second sight, the use of querns and kilns, the mill as social centre and sings a grinding song and a rowing song.

2000.61.11

CD Pròiseact Thiriodh CD-SA1968-21.

Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin) of Balephuil tells an anecdote about the supernatural, the deathbed comments of his uncle, a dream by Dòmhnall an Oir, the story of a corpse who spoke in the coffin, the use of urine and seeds against spells and fairies, stories about the fairy mound An Cnoc Glas, where his great-grandmother used milk cows, the evil eye, a story about blood on a floor that couldn’t be cleaned, a song written by the Balemartine bard about a reputed witch, the fatigue after supernatural cures, the work and equipment for horses, sports before church, a vision seen by an old man and the meaning of some Gaelic words.

2000.61.42

Mini-disk SA1968/28.

Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin) of Balephuil sings three Gaelic songs, talks about wandering minstrels, tells an obscene story, sings a love songs and one in praise of companionship, talks about the clan Brown, sings a song about a boat, talks about one of the Browns from Balephuil, second sight, sings a Gaelic love song, a humorous song by Mary Flora MacPhail of Cornaig, a woman’s love song for a sailor and two more Gaelic songs, give a saying about a lazy man and another popular saying, sings a song about the first boat fishing after the Balephuil disaster and a sailor’s song, a song about the Rennies and one about a thin horse, gives a saying about ravens and their eggs, sings a Gaelic love song, gives a fragment of a folktale, sings two fragments of Ossianic ballads and talks about his father’s storytelling.

2000.61.5

CD Pròiseact Thiriodh CD-SA1958-05.

Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin) of Balephuil tells stories about bards, supernatural powers and fairies, gives an incantation to ward off the evil eye and sings a song about a girl accidentally killed during a duck shoot.

2000.61.22

CD Pròiseact Thiriodh CD-SA1968-37.

Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin) of Balephuil sings a lament, a lullaby and a song about a wedding, talks about his great-grandfather, ghosts, fairies and fairy dogs, sings a sailor’s song, the weather, fishing grounds, tells a fairy story, talks about Tiree peat bogs in the Ross, strange happenings, the Balemartine area, sings a Gaelic songs, tells a story about William Ross’s broken heart and sings a love song.

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