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.

2000.61.5

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.

2000.61.14

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.

2000.61.22

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.

2000.61.31

Mini-disk SA1958/5.

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.

2000.61.40

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.

2000.61.54

Mini-disk 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.

2000.61.15

CD Pròiseact Thiriodh CD-SA1968-25.

Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin) of Balephuil sings a song about the loss of a sailor, talks about the exploits of Donald Lamont of Ruaig, funeral customs, a type of kilt worn on Tiree, playing shinty on Sundays, whey-making, a well Tobar na Naoi Beò, sings three Gaelic songs, talks about games old men would play with young lads, recites a verse of a song about the Balephuil drowning, tells and anecdote about what his father believed, sings a humorous song about Calum MacArthur in Glasgow, talks about the Balemartine bard, gives a saying about guns, sings a Gaelic song and another by John MacLean, tells a story about a fool and his gold, a humorous anecdote about his great-grandmother, sings four more Gaelic songs, tells a story about sighting fairies and another about a sailing disaster and sings another Gaelic song.

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