Och Nan Och Tha Mi Fo Mhulad

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Title - Och Nan Och Tha Mi Fo Mhulad
Contributors - Dolina MacLennan
Reporters - Hamish Henderson

Summary - A woman's song of homesickness. She is sad and daily her hair grows greyer. She constantly thinks of Lewis with nostalgia and longs for the days of her youth there. She says she will go back there and stay until the end of her days.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:02:17
Date Recorded - 1958
Language - Gaelic
Genre - Song
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 39357
Original Tape ID - SA1958.180
Original Track ID - SA1958.180.B1
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Recording Location:
  County - Midlothian
  Parish - Edinburgh
  Village - Edinburgh

Item Notes - 3 verses and chorus. Composed by Mary MacIver. The song is known in Lewis as 'Òran Màiri Dhall'. She was a Mary MacIver from Valtos in Uig, Lewis, although born on Pabay, and was but a year old when the island was cleared, therefore referred to as Bliadhnach Phabaigh. She emigrated to America but was so unhappy with homesickness that she eventually returned home just before the First World War. She remained in Lewis, where she died in 1920.
'Eilean Fraoich' (Comunn Gàidhealach Leòdhais eds., 1982) p. 6

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