PS 155 – Lament for MacSwan of Roaig

      Cumha Mhic Shuain á Roaig

Primary Sources

C2 Roaigs Lament C2.71: 157
D2 Cumhadh MhicShuain á Roaig a / Lament for… MacSuain of Roaig D2.17: 83
Dj Mac Queen á Royag Dj.29: 34
K2 Index: Cumha Mhic Suin a Roaig / MacSwan of Roaig’s Lament K2.26: 53

Notes on Gaelic Titles

Cumha Mhic Shuain á Roaig Roaigs Lament C2; Cumhadh MhicShuain a Roaig / a Lament for… MacSuain of Roaig D1; Mac Queen a Royag Dj; Cumha Mhic Suin a Roaig / MacSwan of Roaig’s Lament K2 index. Lament for MacSwan of Roaig. In Skye, the form ‘MacSwan’ is preferred to ‘MacQueen’ (R. Black, The Gaelic Otherworld. Birlinn, Edinburgh [2007], p. 543 note 666). The fourth word here is taken to be the preposition á, previously sometimes given wrongly as the definite article a’. An expression with á is not strictly a territorial title, but cf. song titles Mac Griogair á Ruadhshruth and Alastair á Gleanna Garradh.For the placename, Black prefers the spelling Roag.

Roderick Cannon (2009)

Archive Recording

1961 Pipe Major John D Burgess MBE
1964 Calum Johnston

Other Material

William Donaldson’s Set Tunes Notes (2006)

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