PS 210 – Sir James MacDonald of the Isles’ Salute

      Cumha na Coiseig

      Fàilte Shir Seumas nan Eilean

Primary Sources

Failt’ Shir Seumas MachDhonuil E.143: 176
Failte Sir Shemes nan Ilanan / Sir James McDonald of the Isles’ Salute R.21: 17r
Dj Cumh na Coshag Dj.7: 7
KB Failte Ridir Seumas na’n Eilean / Sir James MacDonald of the Isles Salute KB.41: 99
SC Failte Sir Seumas SC.1
Angus MacKay, ‘Specimens of Canntareachd’ (c. 1854), no. 1

Notes on Gaelic Titles

Cumha na Coiseig Cumh na Coshag Dj. Lament for the Footie. The name is explained by the story of a hunting accident (MacKay Notes, p. 10), the tune having being made to celebrate the victim’s recovery. Ronnie Black has pointed out the contrast between the diminutive form of cas ‘foot’ and the formal cumha, emphasised in the translation given here.

Fàilte Shir Seumas nan Eilean Failt’ Shir Seumas MachDhonuil E; Failte Sir Shemes nan Ilanan / Sir James McDonald of the Isles’ Salute R; Failte Ridir Seumas na’n Eilean / Sir James MacDonald of the Isles Salute KB; Failte Sir Seumas SC. Sir James [MacDonald] of the Isles’ Salute.

Roderick Cannon (2009)

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