Ailein Duinn Nach Till Thu 'n Taobh Sa
Fieldworkers
Date 08 June 1958
Track ID 105071
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1958.42.9

Original Tape ID

SA1958.042

Summary

This waulking song describes an incident in an encounter between the MacDonalds and the Martins of Trotternish.

Item Notes

According to tradition, brown-haired Allan in the song is Allan of Kingsburgh, who became famous as the husband of Flora MacDonald. He was wrestling one day with Martin of Bealach, and Martin managed to put MacDonald down on his back. Sometime later some of the MacDonalds met a group of the Martins in an inn, and a fight broke out as described in the song.

See:
'Songs Remembered in Exile' (J. L. Campbell) song 16
'Gesto Collection' (K. N. MacDonald) appendix p. 16

Recording Location

County - Inverness-shire

Island - Skye

Item Location

County - Inverness-shire

Island - Skye

Language

Gaelic

Genre

Song

Collection

SoSS