Gaelic Literature of the
Traditional poetry and song: collectors and collections
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DOMHNALLACH, Tormod (1904-1978) [Poetry]
Tormod Domhnallach, Rev. Norman MacDonald, was born
at Valtos, Staffin in
1904. He served as a minister of the
Presbyterian Church in
(Biographical information from Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae (Lamb 1961 : 396) and Tocher, 30 (110-111))
The Rev. Domhnallach recorded a considerable volume
of material for the
collector of traditional Gaelic poetry he did much valuable work.
The following list is intended to indicate the scope, as far as published works are concerned, of the Rev. Tormod Domhnallach’s work as a collector of the Gaelic poetry and song of Skye. The work of poets, as well as poems and songs of unknown authorship, included in the various articles noted here, is listed on an individual basis in the appropriate sections of this bibliography.
A number of songs recorded by Tormod Domhnallach (Norman MacDonald) may be heard on the Tobar an Dualchais site.
(1) Tormod Domhnallach. ‘An t-Each Uisge’. An Gaidheal, 52 (1957), 36-37.
Article includes versions of song ‘A Mhór, a Mhór, till ri d’ mhacan’, by an unknown composer.
(2) Tormod Domhnallach. ‘Dioghlum bho Achaidhean na Bàrdachd’.
(i): Gairm, 51 (An Samhradh 1965), 270-278;
(ii): Gairm, 52 (Am Foghar 1965), 316-323);
(iii): Gairm, 53 (An Geamhradh 1965), 29-42.
The Rev. Domhnallach’s intention is to give proper recognition to some of those who might be considered to be minor poets, more particularly those long dead who are in danger of being forgotten. He deals exclusively with poets from his native Skye, and as well as quoting selections from their work, gives a variety of information and anecdote concerning them. It is an interesting and valuable collection, including material appearing for the first time in print. The following is a list of all the poets dealt with:
(iii) Gilleasbuig MacLeòid of Grealin, Domhnall Caimbeul of Dunvegan, Domhnall MacMhaoilean of Breakish in Strath, Màrtainn MacMhaoilean (son of Domhnall), Niall MacDhonnchaidh (Niall Pìobaire), of Breakish, Bean Fhearchair Domhnallach of Loch Eynort, Anna NicGhill’ Eathain (Anna Bheag Bealach an t-Sliachd), Gilleasbuig MacGill’ Iosa, Alasdair Mac an Toisich of Breacradh in
Trotternish, Domhnall MacGuthain of Gàros.
(3) Tormod Domhnallach. ‘Na Buidsichean (1)’. Gairm, 55 (An Samhradh 1966), 203-209.
Includes (pp. 206-207) a lament by an unknown composer, ‘Cumha Lachlainn Màrtainn’.
(4) Tormod Domhnall. ‘Sàr Bhàird am Beul-Aithris’. Gairm, 62 (An t-Earrach 1968), 183-185.
Includes (p. 185) a version of some lines of verses said to have been composed at her sister’s funeral by Màiri Nighean Alasdair Ruaidh.
(5) Tormod Domhnallach. ‘Na h-Onrachdain’. Gairm, 75 (An Samhradh 1971), 225-240.
On pp. 232-233 there is a version of the song connected with the ‘Colann gun Cheann’ legend: ‘Is fada bhuam fhìn bonn Beinn Edra’.
(6) Tormod Domhnallach. ‘Aoirean agus Luinneagan Eibhinn’. Gairm, 76 (Am Foghar 1971), 299-319.
Poems and songs from various parts of the Gaidhealtachd are included. The following are identifiable as being from Skye:
‘Mo nighean donn na hog hù’ (authorship unknown), ‘A’ bhanacheard a rug an gille’ by Teàrlach MacMhathain (Teàrlach a’ Phosta), ‘Dh’ éirich Tormod Og is Màrtainn’ by Gilleasbuig MacLeòid of Grealin, Songs by Aonghas Peutan of Bràighe an Taobh Sear, Songs by Niall Peutan (son of Aonghas), ‘Nam biodh trì sgilinn agam’ (authorship unknown), ‘Hug ó ri, ‘n ó, ri hù, ri bhó’ (authorship unknown), ‘O fhuirbidh, fhuirbidh o ho’ (partly of T.D’s own composition), ‘Gur moch a rinn mi dùsgadh’ by Iain Mac a’ Phearsain of Fladda
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
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