Dòmhnall mac Iain 'ic Sheumais was chief of the MacDonalds when they were fighting against raids by the MacLeods. According to oral tradition, this song was composed by his foster mother. It was said that she removed an arrow from his foot.
'Hebridean Folksongs' vol. 3 (John L. Campbell & F. Collinson eds., 1981) p. 94
'Songs Remembered in Exile' (John L. Campbell ed., 1990) song 8
'Songs of Gaelic Scotland' (Anne Lorne Gillies ed., 2005) p. 129
'Òrain Luaidh Màiri Nighean Alasdair' (K. C. Craig ed., 1949)
'The MacDonald Collection of Gaelic Poetry' (Revs. A. and A. MacDonald eds., 1911) p. 31
'An t-Òranaiche' (Gilleasbaig Mac na Ceàrdadh ed., 1879) p. 131