Gaelic Literature  of the Isle of Skye: an annotated  bibliography   


Anonymous traditional poetry and song: introduction







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Individual items


Included in the ‘anonymous’ category is any anonymous poem or song which, according to internal or external evidence, may have originated in Skye or one of its adjacent islands.  The strength of this evidence may vary from the strong to the tenuous.


Also included in this category are versions from within the area of songs which may have originated elsewhere or whose origins are indeterminate.  Within an oral tradition it is not uncommon for a song which has originated in one place to travel over a wide geographical area with different versions becoming embedded in the oral tradition of many different districts.  Modern social conditions and modern media have of course affected the oral tradition and a traditional singer’s repertoire may now include items which do not have any clear link with his or her home district.


Please see also the ‘Collections’ section for further anonymous material.



Traditional poetry and song  (individual anonymous items):


A-B,          C-D,       


E-K,          L-N,    


 O,          P-Z


















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










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