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TITLE
The Travellers' Camp Site at Melness, Sutherland
EXTERNAL ID
AB_ESSIE_STEWART_07
PLACENAME
Melness
DISTRICT
Tongue and Farr
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Tongue
DATE OF RECORDING
2008
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Essie Stewart
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1181
KEYWORDS
travelling folk
travellers
lifestyles
gypsies
audios

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Essie Stewart is a traditional storyteller from Sutherland and one of the last people to have taken part in the traditional 'Summer Walking' of the travelling families. She is the grand-daughter of Ailidh Dall Stewart (1882-1968), one of the greatest Gaelic storytellers. Essie tells her stories in both English and Gaelic.

In this audio extract, recorded at the Ullapool Book Festival in 2008, Essie talks about one of the camp sites she used to use at Melness, Sutherland.

'Fourteen years ago, when the book was launched - The Summer Walkers - I was in Tongue Hotel and this guy came up to me and he said, 'Essie, you, you've - I won't - you won't know me, but, he said, 'I'm Robert Mackay from Melness' and he said, 'You would, you would know the family.' And he said, 'See the site at Midtown, where you camped, where you used to camp?' and I said 'Yes.' Well,' he said 'the people of Melness called that Buaile Oisein; buaile meaning a hollow, because there was a hollow in the ground. Buaile and Oisein, of course, being the Ossian story. And, you know, my grandfather told the Ossian story. And they said, 'We called that site Buaile Oisein. Unfortunately, last year when we went, we couldn't use the site because there's a caravan on that site now.'

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The Travellers' Camp Site at Melness, Sutherland

SUTHERLAND: Tongue

2000s

travelling folk; travellers; lifestyles; gypsies; audios

Am Baile

Am Baile: Essie Stewart

Essie Stewart is a traditional storyteller from Sutherland and one of the last people to have taken part in the traditional 'Summer Walking' of the travelling families. She is the grand-daughter of Ailidh Dall Stewart (1882-1968), one of the greatest Gaelic storytellers. Essie tells her stories in both English and Gaelic.<br /> <br /> In this audio extract, recorded at the Ullapool Book Festival in 2008, Essie talks about one of the camp sites she used to use at Melness, Sutherland.<br /> <br /> 'Fourteen years ago, when the book was launched - The Summer Walkers - I was in Tongue Hotel and this guy came up to me and he said, 'Essie, you, you've - I won't - you won't know me, but, he said, 'I'm Robert Mackay from Melness' and he said, 'You would, you would know the family.' And he said, 'See the site at Midtown, where you camped, where you used to camp?' and I said 'Yes.' Well,' he said 'the people of Melness called that Buaile Oisein; buaile meaning a hollow, because there was a hollow in the ground. Buaile and Oisein, of course, being the Ossian story. And, you know, my grandfather told the Ossian story. And they said, 'We called that site Buaile Oisein. Unfortunately, last year when we went, we couldn't use the site because there's a caravan on that site now.'