PS 169 – The End of the Little Bridge

      Ceann na Drochaide Bige

Primary Sources

C2 The End of the Little Bridge C2.85: 203
D1 Ceann na Drochaid Big / The Clan’s Gathering D1.7: 38
Kiaunma Drochid a Beig / The Head of the Little Bridge G.12: 28
K1 Ceann na Drochaid a Bige / The End of the Little Bridge / Index: The End (or Battle) of… K1.72: 165

Notes on Gaelic Titles

Ceann na Drochaide Bige The End of the Little Bridge C2; Ceann na Drochaid Big / The Clan’s Gathering D1; Kiaunma Drochid a Beig / The Head of the Little Bridge G; Kiaun na drochid a beig… Gesto Notes; Ceann na Drochaid a Bige / The End of the Little Bridge K1; The End (or Battle) of ~ K1 index. The End/Head of the Little Bridge. MacLeod of Gesto (G) confirms – if he did not suggest – Angus MacKay’s explanatory gloss ‘or battle’,  with a story of a skirmish in Ireland in which the MacLeod piper played ‘inviting the Camerons to follow him, which they did’. A nineteenth century MS refers to a song ‘Cean na Drochaid or the head of the Bridge’, without the adjective (D. Morrison, Manuscript, Stornoway Public Library, c.1820; reference provided by the late Rev. W. Matheson, The Blind Harper, The Scottish Gaelic Texts Society, Edinburgh [1970]; see N. Macdonald, The Morrison Manuscript[:]Traditions of the Western Isles by Donald Morrison[,] Cooper[,] Stornoway, No Imprint [1975], p. 24).

Roderick Cannon (2009)

Archive Recording

1971 George Moss
1981 George Moss

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