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Mac-Talla Nan Gleann (4)
EXTERNAL ID
AB_LL_COLIN_MACDONALD_04
ÀITE
Am Blàr Dubh
SGÌRE
Am Blàr Dubh
SIORRACHD/PARRAIST
ROS: Urrath
DEIT
2009
LINN
2000an
CRUTHADAIR
Margaret Newton
NEACH-FIOSRACHAIDH
Am Baile
AITHNEACHADH MAOINE
40973
KEYWORDS
claistinneach
croitearachd
croitearan
croitear
croit
croitean

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This audio extract is from 'Echoes of the Glen or Mac-Talla Nan Gleann' by Colin MacDonald, first published in 1936. It is read by Colin's daughter, Margaret MacDonald Newton.

'And what a confusion of sheep and cattle and dogs and shepherds and shouting! To the uninitiated it seemed that never could order come out of that chaos. But order did come eventually; each lot was stanced and the battle of buying and selling began. It was a hard school and it was intensely interesting to watch and listen to the experts at work. With what withering scorn Alastair Breac could point out the defects in a lot of beasts he wanted to buy! And then the convincing manner in which he revealed to prospective purchasers the admirable qualities of that same lot later in the day when he wanted to sell them! A day at the Muir was a liberal lesson in tact, diplomacy, guile, and a hundred other arts useful to existence in this hard world! There every man had better have a shrewd idea of the value of what he wanted to sell or buy, and he required to have the courage of his convictions; for indeed the Market was no place for fools. One wonders how the rising generation of farmers would fare in a battle of wits with Alastair Breac and his kind. Badly, I fear; for open, competitive bidding and the weigh-bridge of the auction mart have deprived them of the opportunity of exercising their personal skill and judgement.'

Dh'fhàs Cailean MacDhòmhnaill suas air croit an teaghlaich air Àird Innis Mheannaidh, Srath Pheofhair, Siorrachd Rois. Dh'fhàg e an sgoil aig aois trì-deug ach an oibricheadh e a' chroit agus aig aois ochd air fhichead cheumnaich e o Cholaiste Marischal an Obar Dheathain. Às dèidh sin fhuair e àite na neach-obrach aig Colaiste Àiteachais Obar Dheathain agus Alba a Tuath agus mu dheireadh fhuair e àite na bhall le Gàidhlig aig Cùirt an Fhearainn an Alba.

Ann an 1914 phòs e Mairead Stiùbhairt Young agus chuir e seachad sia bliadhna às dèidh sin ann an Inbhir Theòrsa far an d' rugadh triùir den chlainn aca - Cailean, Bill agus Mairead. Rugadh an treas mac, Lewis, an dèidh do Chailean a bhith air a chur a Dhùn Èideann gu àrd-oifis Bòrd an Àiteachais. Ach ghlèidh iad an ceangal ris a' chroit, agus chaidh a' chlann a chur gu cunbhalach gu Innis Bhanaidh airson saor-làithean an t-samhraidh. 'S ann air a' chroit a bhàsaich Cailean ann an 1957.

A-rèir a nighean, Mairead, 's e duine foighidneach a bh' ann an Cailean ach dh'fhaodadh cuspairean mu bhreug-chràbhadh agus an-iochdmhorachd fearg a chur air. B' e sgeulaiche iongantach a bh' ann cuideachd agus fìor thart air airson fios. Chaidh a' chiad leabhar aige, 'Echoes of the Glen', fhoillseachadh ann an 1936, agus 's e dealbh fìrinneach agus dathach a bh' ann de bheatha làitheil air a' Ghàidhealtachd. Às dèidh sin, am measg nam foillseachaidhean aige bha 'Highland Journey' (1949), 'Croft and Ceilidh' (1947), 'Highland Memories' (1949), agus 'Crofts and Crofters' (1955). Chaidh 'Life in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland', measgadh de 'Echoes' agus 'Highland Journey', fhoillseachadh ann an 1991.

Airson stiùireadh mu bhith a’ cleachdadh ìomhaighean agus susbaint eile, faicibh duilleag ‘Na Cumhaichean air Fad.’
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Mac-Talla Nan Gleann (4)

ROS: Urrath

2000an

claistinneach; croitearachd; croitearan; croitear; croit; croitean;

Am Baile

Literary Landscapes: Colin MacDonald

This audio extract is from 'Echoes of the Glen or Mac-Talla Nan Gleann' by Colin MacDonald, first published in 1936. It is read by Colin's daughter, Margaret MacDonald Newton.<br /> <br /> 'And what a confusion of sheep and cattle and dogs and shepherds and shouting! To the uninitiated it seemed that never could order come out of that chaos. But order did come eventually; each lot was stanced and the battle of buying and selling began. It was a hard school and it was intensely interesting to watch and listen to the experts at work. With what withering scorn Alastair Breac could point out the defects in a lot of beasts he wanted to buy! And then the convincing manner in which he revealed to prospective purchasers the admirable qualities of that same lot later in the day when he wanted to sell them! A day at the Muir was a liberal lesson in tact, diplomacy, guile, and a hundred other arts useful to existence in this hard world! There every man had better have a shrewd idea of the value of what he wanted to sell or buy, and he required to have the courage of his convictions; for indeed the Market was no place for fools. One wonders how the rising generation of farmers would fare in a battle of wits with Alastair Breac and his kind. Badly, I fear; for open, competitive bidding and the weigh-bridge of the auction mart have deprived them of the opportunity of exercising their personal skill and judgement.'<br /> <br /> Dh'fhàs Cailean MacDhòmhnaill suas air croit an teaghlaich air Àird Innis Mheannaidh, Srath Pheofhair, Siorrachd Rois. Dh'fhàg e an sgoil aig aois trì-deug ach an oibricheadh e a' chroit agus aig aois ochd air fhichead cheumnaich e o Cholaiste Marischal an Obar Dheathain. Às dèidh sin fhuair e àite na neach-obrach aig Colaiste Àiteachais Obar Dheathain agus Alba a Tuath agus mu dheireadh fhuair e àite na bhall le Gàidhlig aig Cùirt an Fhearainn an Alba. <br /> <br /> Ann an 1914 phòs e Mairead Stiùbhairt Young agus chuir e seachad sia bliadhna às dèidh sin ann an Inbhir Theòrsa far an d' rugadh triùir den chlainn aca - Cailean, Bill agus Mairead. Rugadh an treas mac, Lewis, an dèidh do Chailean a bhith air a chur a Dhùn Èideann gu àrd-oifis Bòrd an Àiteachais. Ach ghlèidh iad an ceangal ris a' chroit, agus chaidh a' chlann a chur gu cunbhalach gu Innis Bhanaidh airson saor-làithean an t-samhraidh. 'S ann air a' chroit a bhàsaich Cailean ann an 1957.<br /> <br /> A-rèir a nighean, Mairead, 's e duine foighidneach a bh' ann an Cailean ach dh'fhaodadh cuspairean mu bhreug-chràbhadh agus an-iochdmhorachd fearg a chur air. B' e sgeulaiche iongantach a bh' ann cuideachd agus fìor thart air airson fios. Chaidh a' chiad leabhar aige, 'Echoes of the Glen', fhoillseachadh ann an 1936, agus 's e dealbh fìrinneach agus dathach a bh' ann de bheatha làitheil air a' Ghàidhealtachd. Às dèidh sin, am measg nam foillseachaidhean aige bha 'Highland Journey' (1949), 'Croft and Ceilidh' (1947), 'Highland Memories' (1949), agus 'Crofts and Crofters' (1955). Chaidh 'Life in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland', measgadh de 'Echoes' agus 'Highland Journey', fhoillseachadh ann an 1991.