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MACKINNON, Hugh  (1894-1972)

 

Hugh MacKinnon, Eóghainn MacFhionghainn, of Cleadale, Eigg, died in 1972, aged seventy-eight years.  Tribute was paid to this distinguished tradition bearer with the publication of a memorial issue of Tocher (10:Summer 1973), the periodical of the School of Scottish Studies in the University of Edinburgh, with an appreciation by Fr. Anthony Ross (pp. 37-39).  In Scottish Studies (8: 218-219) Donald Archie MacDonald writes of Hugh’s remarkable memory and store of historical and genealogical tradition, songs and place-name

information.

 

For prose tales collected from Hugh MacKinnon, see the section for traditional prose in this bibliography.

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i       Chaitriona nach till thu idir’.  Sruth (25th July 1968), p. 5.

 

A pibroch song composed by the Eigg piper Domhnall MacGuaire for his wife.  Included in Hugh’s account of the piper’s life.

 

ii      ‘An Dubh Ghleannach’.  Tocher, 15 (Autumn 1974), 254-257.

 

Hugh’s version of Alasdair MacKinnon’s song in praise of MacDonald of  Glenaladale’s ship: included in his account of the sinking of the ship off Eigg in 1817 (pp. 250-257).  With parallel English translation and the tune in staff notation.  From School of Scottish Studies recording SA 1964/7/B5-8/A1,  recorded from Hugh by Donald Archie MacDonald.

 

iii     Ged chunnaig mi ‘long a’ seòladh’.  Tocher, 10 (Summer 1973), 66-67.

 

Part of song said to have been composed by Mary MacLean, wife of the Rev. Hugh MacAskill of Eigg.  See entry for Mary MacLean in the section for poetry and song of known authorship.

 

iv     Iseabail Og Cheann a’ Chreagain’.  Tocher, 10 (Summer 1973), 52.55.

 

Refrain of a song composed to a young woman who married one of the MacDonalds of Laig.  From Hugh’s account of the MacDonalds of Laig (pp. 40-65), with parallel English translation.  Part of material recorded from Hugh by Donald Archie MacDonald in 1964, on School of Scottish Studies recording SA 1964/6/A4-7/B4.

 

v      ‘Is hiùraibh ó chan eil mi slàn’.  Tocher, 29 (Autumn 1978), 326-330.

 

Song said to have been composed by a widow who lived above Kildonan, and whose four sons had been carried off by a press gang.  Four verse-couplets and a refrain, with parallel English translation and the tune in staff notation.

Included in Hugh’s account of the background to the song: from School of Scottish Studies recording SA 1964/12 A1-2, recorded by Donald Archie MacDonald.  See also Gairm, 10 (An Geamhradh 1954), 144-145; Gairm, 11 (An t-Earrach 1955), 251.

 

vi       ‘ ‘S ó gaol an gill’ air a bheil Eóghain Bàn’.  Tocher, 10 (Summer 1973), 76-78.

 

A version of ‘Eóghann Bàn’ in Frances Tolmie’s Collection (Journal of The Folk-Song Society, 16:190).  One four-line verse and a refrain, with parallel English translation and the tune in staff notation.  Part of material recorded from Hugh by Donald Archie MacDonald in 1964, on School of Scottish Studies recording SA 1964/6/A4-7/B4.  Hugh MacKinnon attributes this song to Eóghann Bàn’s mother, but Frances Tolmie attributes it to his nurse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Traditional: known authorship

A-C       D-Domhnall       Domhnallach-Dz        E–G       H–L       M–MacA       MacB–MacC        MacD        MacE-MacK,  MacLa-MacLeod        MacLeòid A-H        MacLeòid I-Z        MacM-MacN       MacO-MacZ      M      N      O-Q      R-Z

 

Traditional: anonymous

A-B      C-D      E-K      L-N       O       P-Z     

 

Traditional: collections

Annie Arnott       An Cabairneach        Carmina Gadelica        Catriona Dhùghlas        Tormod Domhnallach                  Marjory Kennedy-Fraser         Angus Lamont        K. N. MacDonald         Johan MacInnes          Hugh MacKinnon          Calum I. MacLean         Sorley MacLean        Kenneth MacLeod         Niall MacLeòid        Màiri Nighean Alasdair

Cairistiona Mhàrtainn         Alexander Morison          Kenneth Morrison         Angus Nicolson          Portree HS Magazine   Lachlann Robertson         Frances Tolmie I          Frances Tolmie II

 

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Somhairle MacGill-Eain         The New Poetry

 

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Books etc: A-L         Books etc: MacA-MacL         Books etc: MacM-Z   Periodicals, MSS, AV

 

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