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TITLE
Earrann bho 'Gloomy Memories' (2) (Extract from Gloomy Memories (2))
EXTERNAL ID
AB_HIGHLANDERS_ON_THE_MOVE_33
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Donald Macleod
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
40946
KEYWORDS
audios
emigration

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The following extract is from 'Gloomy Memories in the Highlands of Scotland', (1841) written by Donald Macleod at the time of the Clearances. 'Gloomy Memories' originally appeared as a series of letters in the Edinburgh newspaper, 'The Edinburgh Weekly Chronicle'. the extract is read by DJ MacIntyre.

'Bha mi an làthair nuair a chaidh an taigh aig Uilleam Siosal a tharraing sìos 's a losgadh ... taigh anns an robh màthair a mhnà na laighe ... boireannach aosta nach èireadh às a leabaidh 's a bha faisg air ceud bliadhna a dh'aois ... Leig mi fios gu na daoine a bha an impis teine a chur ris an taigh an staid anns an robh a' chailleach agus thug mi orra fuireach gus an tigeadh Mgr Sellar. Nuair a nochd e fhèin dh' inns mi dha mun chaillich bhochd... Fhreagair e, 'Mo mhallachd oirre, an seann shlìog, tha i air a bhith beò ro fhada; leig leatha losgadh.' Anns a' mhionaid chaidh teine a chur ris an taigh agus bha na plaideachan 's an deach a giùlan a-mach nan lasairean mus d' fhuaireadh a' chailleach a-mach às an taigh ... Nochd a nighean fhad 's a bha an taigh na theine agus chuidich i na nàbaidhean a' faighinn a màthar a-mach às a' cheò 's às na lasairean, a' dèanamh dealbh iargalt nach tèid às mo chuimhne gu bràth, ach nach urrainn dhomh a chur ann am facail. Bhàsaich i taobh a-staigh còig làithean.'

The English reads:

'I was present at the pulling down and burning of the house of William Chisholm ... in which was lying his wife's mother, an old bed-ridden woman of near 100 years of age ... I informed the persons about to set fire to the house of this circumstance and prevailed on them to wait till Mr Sellar came. On his arrival I told him of the poor old woman ... He replied, 'Damn her, the old witch, she has lived too long; let her burn.' Fire was immediately set to the house and the blankets in which she was carried were in flames before she could be got out. ... [Her] daughter arrived while the house was on fire and assisted the neighbours in removing her mother out of the flames and smoke, presenting a picture of horror which I shall never forget, but cannot attempt to describe. She died within five days.'

This audio was produced for the schools' resource package, 'Highlanders on the Move', Am Baile's contribution to Homecoming Scotland 2009.

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Earrann bho 'Gloomy Memories' (2) (Extract from Gloomy Memories (2))

2000s

audios; emigration;

Am Baile

Am Baile: Highlanders on the Move

The following extract is from 'Gloomy Memories in the Highlands of Scotland', (1841) written by Donald Macleod at the time of the Clearances. 'Gloomy Memories' originally appeared as a series of letters in the Edinburgh newspaper, 'The Edinburgh Weekly Chronicle'. the extract is read by DJ MacIntyre.<br /> <br /> 'Bha mi an làthair nuair a chaidh an taigh aig Uilleam Siosal a tharraing sìos 's a losgadh ... taigh anns an robh màthair a mhnà na laighe ... boireannach aosta nach èireadh às a leabaidh 's a bha faisg air ceud bliadhna a dh'aois ... Leig mi fios gu na daoine a bha an impis teine a chur ris an taigh an staid anns an robh a' chailleach agus thug mi orra fuireach gus an tigeadh Mgr Sellar. Nuair a nochd e fhèin dh' inns mi dha mun chaillich bhochd... Fhreagair e, 'Mo mhallachd oirre, an seann shlìog, tha i air a bhith beò ro fhada; leig leatha losgadh.' Anns a' mhionaid chaidh teine a chur ris an taigh agus bha na plaideachan 's an deach a giùlan a-mach nan lasairean mus d' fhuaireadh a' chailleach a-mach às an taigh ... Nochd a nighean fhad 's a bha an taigh na theine agus chuidich i na nàbaidhean a' faighinn a màthar a-mach às a' cheò 's às na lasairean, a' dèanamh dealbh iargalt nach tèid às mo chuimhne gu bràth, ach nach urrainn dhomh a chur ann am facail. Bhàsaich i taobh a-staigh còig làithean.'<br /> <br /> The English reads:<br /> <br /> 'I was present at the pulling down and burning of the house of William Chisholm ... in which was lying his wife's mother, an old bed-ridden woman of near 100 years of age ... I informed the persons about to set fire to the house of this circumstance and prevailed on them to wait till Mr Sellar came. On his arrival I told him of the poor old woman ... He replied, 'Damn her, the old witch, she has lived too long; let her burn.' Fire was immediately set to the house and the blankets in which she was carried were in flames before she could be got out. ... [Her] daughter arrived while the house was on fire and assisted the neighbours in removing her mother out of the flames and smoke, presenting a picture of horror which I shall never forget, but cannot attempt to describe. She died within five days.'<br /> <br /> This audio was produced for the schools' resource package, 'Highlanders on the Move', Am Baile's contribution to Homecoming Scotland 2009.