Oatmeal and the Catechism: Scottish Gaelic Settlers in by Margaret Bennett

By Margaret Bennett

Relying seriously upon oral culture, the e-book embraces the various disciplines of folklore, historical past, language, geography, literature, sociology, agriculture, botany, and residential economics. It covers emigration background, neighborhood and family existence, spiritual and social constitution (including songs, poems, legends, and folktales), customs and ideology, and fabric tradition. Discussions are supported all through by means of tales of many Townshippers, quoted verbatim, permitting the "voice" of the Gael to remain heard. Oatmeal and the Catechism might be of significant curiosity to students and scholars of Gaelic experiences and folklore as well as Quebecers and others whose Scottish ancestors settled in Quebec and japanese Canada and helped carve a rustic out of the barren region.

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And Murdo, another greatgrandfather], another MacLeod, not the same family, I don't think, he was a native of Back too. Angus MacDonald, my grandmother's father, was from Uig and his father, William, was known as the builder of roads [he was called 'Uilleam a' rathaid'] and he built the road, and it's still visible. It runs from Miavaig ferry to the Uigan church. I have a picture of the roadM . . My grandfather [Duncan L. 4" When asked if he had 'any idea what made the people come out', Duncan replied: No, I don't.

Afterwards there was] plenty of Canadian nectar (whiskey), the honey that our bees are solaced with. "2 Neighbourliness was essential, and whether the stumps remained in the ground or not, each family had to plant their land as soon as possible in order to grow their food. In the first few years ploughing was, of course, impossible,83 but they did cultivate the land using the implement familiar to them in Lewis, as Christie MacArthur described: 'They used to have a ... "4 . . ' The earliest days were no doubt the most difficult for the new settlers -who had to work enormously hard just to survive.

And this man had a pipe and he asked this man, this guard on the boat who made sure that none of them escaped, if he would light his pipe for him; well, he was on the windward side and he couldn't light his pipe. So that was a request not to be turned down by anyone, the only chance to puff at a pipe in those days. So he went to the other side of the boat, and when he went to the other side of the boat to light the pipe, this ferryman smuggled the old man off the boat and hid him at the bottom of the boat and took him off, and when the guard came back of course he didn't realize anybody was missing ..

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