Field notebook

Scope and Content

Field notebook, purchased by Alexander Carmichael in Cornwall on 30 November 1864. Carmichael used the notebook between December 1865 and May 1867 during his travels throughout the Hebrides to record folklore, including Fenian ballads, narratives, songs, and anecdotes; local customs; vocabulary; historical notes; and antiquarian, topographical and archaeological observations. It includes material collected from Skye, Lewis, Barra, Benbecula, Mingulay and Vatersay. Loose sheets inserted into the back of the notebook appear to relate to Carmichael's trip to Lewis in October 1873.


See the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland, Site Number NMRS NF60SW, in relation to the archaeological sketch at Dun Ban, Barra (inside cover). See the 'Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness' (Vol.xiii, 1886-1887, pp. 241-57) for a printed version of 'Eachdraidh Chlann Uisne' (pgs. 29v-42v); and Alan Bruford, 'Deirdire and Alexander Carmichael's treatment of oral sources', 'Scottish Gaelic Studies' (Vol. xiv(1), 1983, pp. 1-24) for a discussion of the work.

Alternative Form Available

Microfilm: Mic.Dup.1148/1

Archivist's Note

This entry has been verified against the original.

Related Material

See also GB 237 Coll-97/CW154  (pp. 4-29) for a transcription of 'Eachdraidh Chlann Uisne' (pp. 29v-42v); GB 237 Coll-97/CW434 for notes on the work; and GB 237 Coll-97/CW437 for a polished version.