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Mairi of Callaird


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Excerpt from Mairi of Callaird: A West Highland Tale, Translated From the G?lic as Orally Collected, Versified; And Dedicated to Mac Caile in Maor, Duke of Argyll

The following is a metrical English version of part of a local G?lic tradition, which was orally collected in Glencoe and about Lochawe. Soon after the popular tales of the West Highlands were published in 1860-62, one of the peasant collectors, a woodman at Rosneath, was employed to gather traditional county history and family legends for the Duke of Argyll. John Dewar collected orally from people of his own class, who still remember a great abundance of traditions of all kinds. He wrote in G?lic. His manuscripts were read, and sorted, and bound in seven large volumes, which are preserved in the library at Inveraray Castle. They escaped the fire in October, 1877.

In August, 1877, a volume was taken on board of a yacht, and stories were translated from it during a cruise amongst the Islands. Part of one of these translations has now been versified.

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