Gaelic Literature  of the Isle of Skye: an annotated  bibliography   


Traditional poetry and song of known authorship: introduction







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Included are the works of those poets who have belonged to Skye and its adjacent islands, either through birth or long residence.  The exact criteria may vary, depending upon circumstances.  For instance, William Ross (1762-1790) was born and spent his childhood years in Skye, but his active poetic life was spent on the mainland Gaidhealtachd and, with the exception of one poem, ‘Còmhradh eadar am Bàrd agus Blàth-bheinn’ I do not feel that he can be called a Skye poet, although I realise that not everyone will agree with this.


Where a recognised collected edition of a poet’s work exists, separate publication of an individual item included in such an edition is not cited here unless there are significant textual variations between the two versions and the variant version is not noted in the collected edition.


Where the published title of a poem is descriptive, rather than derived from the text, the first line is quoted in the annotation.


Where recorded versions of a poet’s work have been issued in conjunction with the printed text these are noted and wherever possible, printed versions of tunes for poems or songs published separately from the texts cited are noted.



Traditional poets and songmakers:


A-C,   D-Domhnall, 




E–G,   H–L,












MacLeòid A-H,   


MacLeòid I-Z,   






 M,   N,   O-Q,



















Traditional: known authorship


A-C   D-Domhnall  

Domhnallach-Dz   E–G

H–L,  M–MacA 

MacB–MacC,  MacD



MacLeòid A-H

MacLeòid I-Z 



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



Somhairle MacGill-Eain

The New Poetry



Books etc: A-L

Books etc: MacA-MacL

Books etc: MacM-Z

Periodicals, MSS, AV










Prose: homepage          Bibliography: homepage




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