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Gaelic material, chiefly plays and broadcasts, of Hector MacIver., 1934-1962, undated.

Identifier: MS.14973

Scope and Contents

The contents are as follows.

Autograph verse by Sorley MacLean (folios 1-2):

(i) “Bho mhullaichean a’ chuilthinn chràcaich”, 29 lines. From part III of ‘An Cuilthionn’ (folio 1 recto);

(ii) ‘Aigich Sgitheanaich’, 8 stanzas. From the ‘Aigeach’ lyrics in part V of ‘An Cuilthionn’ (folio 2 recto);

(iii) ‘Mo lamhan air lapadh’, 10 stanzas. ‘Crath dhiot an cadal’. With lines addressed to Hector MacIver beginning ‘Eachainn dhuinn an leadain dualaich’, 4 stanzas. Hand anonymous (folio 3);

(iv) Letter of Hector MacIver to Duncan M Morison, dated 10 October 1934. With English version of “O Rìgh nan Dùl” (folio 4);

(v) Typescript of “Dh’fhalbhainn leat do Mhiabhaig an Uig”, 4 quatrains. ‘The Lewis Bridal Processional’. With English translation (folio 6);

(vi) Letter of Hector MacIver to John Lorne Campbell, dated 18 November 1958 (folio 8);

(vii) Letter of Derick Thomson to Hector MacIver, dated 30 June 1962 (folio 9);

(viii) List of plays and broadcasts (folio 10);

(ix) Summary of broadcast series on Highland history, with script of talk “Fuadach nan Gàidheal” (1939) (folio 12);

(x) Wartime Gaelic broadcast ‘Hebridean Day’ for Irish radio (folio 28);

(xi) Radio play ‘Dorsan na h-Oidhche’ (1948) (folio 34);

(xii) Radio review of George Campbell Hay’s “Fuaran Sléibh. Rainn Ghaidhlig” (1948) (folio 73);

(xiii) Radio play ‘An Cadal Gorm’ (1949) (folio 82);

(xiv) Radio play “Rogha nan Òg brìoghmhor” (1953) (folio 129);

(xv) Radio play “Tìr nam Beann” (undated) (folio 173);

(xvi) Broadcast “Oidhche Dhonnchaidh Bhàin” (undated) (folio 193);

(xvii) Broadcast “Òr is Airgiod” – selections from Gaelic literature (1962) (folio 225);

(xviii) “Dubhradh a’ Ghlinne”, translated by MacIver from Synge’s ‘Shadow of the glen and Riders to the sea’ (folio 254).


  • Creation: 1934-1962, undated.

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271 Leaves ; Folio and under.

Language of Materials

Gaelic; Scottish Gaelic


271 folios.


Hay, George Campbell. “Fuaran Sléibh. Rainn Ghaidhlig” (Glasgow, 1948).

MacLean, Sorley. ‘An Cuilithionn, Earrann III’[with English translation, ‘The Cuillin, Part III’], in ‘Chapman 53’, volume 10, number 4 (Edinburgh, 1988), pages 68-74.

‘An Cuilithionn, Earrann IV’[also contains Earrann V, with English translation, ‘The Cuillin, Part IV’], in ‘Chapman 54’, (Edinburgh, 1988), 58-69.

Synge, John Millington. 'The shadow of the glen and Riders to the sea' (London, 1905).

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

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