Thogainn Fonn gun a Bhith Trom

Title - Thogainn Fonn gun a Bhith Trom
Contributors - Kate Monk
Reporters - Donald Archie MacDonald

Summary - The composer kidnapped the girl who is the subject of this song during a foray to Sutherland. He describes finding her and lifting her in his plaid.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:01:35
Date Recorded - 1966.10
Language - Gaelic
Genre - Song
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 107027
Original Tape ID - SA1966.088
Original Track ID - SA1966.88.B4
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Item Location:
  County - Sutherland

Item Notes - The story associated with this waulking song is well known in the oral tradition of Lochaber. The song is traditionally linked with Dòmhnall Donn of Bohuntin, a famous 17th century cattle reiver. He was said to have kidnapped the girl who is the subject of the song during a foray to Sutherland, but she managed to make her escape. A number of eminent scholars, however, link the song to the exploits of a reiver from Wester Ross, known as Alasdair Sgoilear.

'Hebridean Folksongs' vol. 3 (John L. Campbell & F. Collinson eds., 1981) p. 109
'Òrain Luaidh Màiri Nighean Alasdair' (K. C. Craig ed., 1949) p. 63
'Ris a' Bhruthaich' (Sorley MacLean) p. 218 of article on Dòmhnall Donn of Bohuntin
'Clàrsach na Coille' (A. MacLean Sinclair ed., 1928 edition) p. 223
'Story and Song from Loch Ness-side' (Alexander MacDonald) p. 84

Permanent Link -

Terms of Use  |  FAQs  |  Accessibility   |  Contact   |  Copyright  |  Acknowledgements   |  Useful Links   |  Site Map
BBC Alba
The National Trust for Scotland
Sabhal Mor Ostaig