Tag Archives: lucky and unlucky

2005.106.1

Photocopy of a handwritten sheet of paper wrapped around a coin found at Malcolm MacLean`s house in Salum.

Handwritten sheet of paper wrapped around a coin and placed in a corner of the house walls for good luck. It reads: `Salum Tiree May 7th 1925. Commenced building this house. By Lachlan Campbell Cornaigbeg also his Brother Hector Campbell Cornaigbeg Tiree for Christina Munn McPhail & her husband Lachlan MacNeill & her son Macolm McKinnon McLean. Good Luck.`

2000.61.43

Mini-disk SA1968/30.

Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin) of Balephuil sings four Gaelic songs two of them love songs, tells two Fenian tales, three stories about ghosts, two about second sight, stories about his uncle Niall Òg, talks about Island House and Baca na Croicheadh, tells a story about a fairy cow and a cattle thief from Islay, sings a milking song, talks about good and bad luck, the superstitions of fishermen, how to heal the evil eye, weather forecasting and gives the names of the inside of a small boat.

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.

2000.61.40

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.

2000.61.17

CD Pròiseact Thiriodh 1968-30.

Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chaluim Bhàin) of Balephuil sings four Gaelic songs two of them love songs, tells two Fenian tales, three stories about ghosts, two about second sight, stories about his uncle Niall Òg, talks about Island House and Baca na Croicheadh, tells a story about a fairy cow and a cattle thief from Islay, sings a milking song, talks about good and bad luck, the superstitions of fishermen, how to heal the evil eye, weather forecasting and gives the names of the inside of a small boat.

1999.157.3

Hardback book `Superstitions of the Highlands & Islands of Scotland` by John Gregorson Campbell. The following extract is a transcription from the book.

Fairy dogs (‘Cu sith’)

The fairies often kept hounds as watchdogs, which sometimes accompanied fairy women on their expeditions or roamed about alone, making their lairs in the clefts of rocks.

Rev. John Gregorson Campbell described these dogs as being ‘as large as a two-year-old stirk’ with, in some cases, ‘a long tail rolled up in a coil on its back…Its immense footmarks [were] as large as the spread of a human hand…’ Some said its motion was silent; others that it made a noise like a galloping horse.

‘There is a considerable interval between each bark, and at the third (it only barks thrice) the terror-struck hearer is overtaken and destroyed, unless he has by that time reached a place of safety.’