Gaelic Literature  of the Isle of Skye: an annotated  bibliography   


Traditional poetry and song: collections and collectors







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This section is designed to showcase the work of a variety of collectors.  It includes collections of material from the repertoire of individual tradition-bearers as well as collections made by both professional and amateur collectors.  Both anonymous poetry and song and poetry and song of known authorship is listed.


Also included here 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.



Traditional poetry and song. collections and collectors:


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,


Lachlann Robertson 


Frances Tolmie I, 


Frances Tolmie II


















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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