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Song from the Isle of Skye

GUEST 24 Feb 13 - 03:51 PM
maeve 24 Feb 13 - 05:40 PM
maeve 24 Feb 13 - 06:23 PM
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Subject: Wrestling Song from the Isle of Skye
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Feb 13 - 03:51 PM

Just read in a book about Flora MacDonald that after a wrestling mach between her husband Allan MacDonald and one of the Martins, circa 1751, one of his cousins wrote a song about the fight which is still sung in the islands. Does anyone know the song?


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Subject: RE: Song from the Isle of Skye
From: maeve
Date: 24 Feb 13 - 05:40 PM

'Ailein Duinn Nach Till Thu An Taobh Seo' would appear to fit your description, GUEST.

http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/fullrecord/3598/1/LuckyDip "Summary - This waulking song describes an incident in an encounter between the MacDonalds and the Martins of Trotternish."

"Transcribed by the School of Scottish Studies. 8 couplets sung plus choruses. 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."


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Subject: RE: Song from the Isle of Skye
From: maeve
Date: 24 Feb 13 - 06:23 PM

Another version found on the same website: http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/fullrecord/73041/1
"Summary - A woman's love song in which a girl is sad for her beloved, Ailean Donn. She has heard that he was involved in a fight in an alehouse and wishes that he would return."

The story description is the same as in my previous entry. The singer here is listed as Kate MacDonald, while the singer in the first link is listed as Annie Arnott.

On the other hand, the same site has entries for at other versions sung by other singers. Compare the summaries and singing here: Title - Sabaid eadar Màrtainn a' Bhealaich agus Ailean Dòmhnallach C...

here:
"Summary - A woman's love song for brown-haired Allan. The composer refers to a fight in an ale-house and she wishes she had been there to hit two or three of Allan's enemies."

and here, for starters: "Summary - This song laments the passing of brown-haired Allan. The composer tells of the tears she has shed and of the circumstances of his death."
"Item Notes - 12 verses; 13 refrains. Tradition tells us that this song was composed by a Skye woman, known as Beathag Mhòr, whose husband was killed in a public house brawl in Edinburgh."

I'd like to know the title and author of the book, GUEST. I'm just going to go listen to the wonderful songs!


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Subject: RE: Song from the Isle of Skye
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Feb 13 - 06:53 AM

Hi thanks - THe book is Flora MacDonald The Most Loyal Rebel by Hugh Douglas. :)


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