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The Gaelic and English Poems in this collection were written between 1932 and 1945 and were published in various Gaelic and English periodicals. The Gaelic and English stories are often autobiographical or based on local historical events. Most of the stories are set in his birthplace of the Uists and Benbecula, though one is about his time in Applecross and another is about Doctor George Henderson, the great Celtic scholar, who was his lecturer at Glasgow University. Chan fhaigh thu rosg Gaidhlig nas fhearr an aite sam bith. Raghnall MacilleDhuibh
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CLAR-INNSE/CONTENTS Taing viii Ro-radh le Raghnall MacilleDhuibh 1 Facal-Toisich 7 Photographs of Rev. Malcolm Laing 12 I ntr oduction 15 Map of the Uists 22 SGEULACHDAN GHAIDHLIG Mac an t-Sionnaich 25 Bealach na Comraich 30 Clach air a Charn 35 Am Fear a Chaidh do Heisgeir 41 Maighstir Domhnall 45 Thachair E 50 Leigheas gun Chungaidh 55 An t-Iongnadh bu Mhotha 60 Mo Sgoil, mo Chompanaich 's mo Chu 64 Cuireideas Cuirte 69 A' Chuairt Rioghail 74 Is Math an t-Annlan an t-Acras 79 An Toir Dualchas Buaidh? 84 Seasaidh Bhaile Raghnaill 89 BARDACHD GHAIDHLIG Duan Callaig 97 An Luchag Ghlas 98 Oran-molaidh Mna 100 Oran 102 Oran don Phrionnsa Tearlach 104 Oran do Sheoras Gallda 105 Oran don Urramach Calum MacLeoid 107 An Geamhradh 110 Tha Cuimhn' Agam... 111 Sgiathan na Maidne 113 Laoidh Nollaige 114 Urnaigh Fheasgair 115 ENGLISH POETRY Dawn! 119 Exit Murdo 120 I Love the Sea 122 The Club Dinner 124 Sanguivolent 125 The Weather - A Song 126 Magic Mirror 128 Smoring the Peat Fire 129 Just Bog-Myrtle 130 Sunrise O'er the Hebrides 131 The Skerry 132 Reconstruction or a Slip and a Grip 134 Aspiration 137 Prodigals All 138 Blessings 140 A Parson's Wedding Anniversary 141 Dust and Destiny 143 ENGLISH SHORT STORIES Donald and the Drovers 147 Dougie's Brose and Bonaparte 152 Nut-brown Morag 158 Witchcraft-wise 163 Memories 166 Soldier Palmer 169 BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTES 185

About the Author

The Reverend Malcolm Laing was a gifted storyteller - both in Gaelic and in English. His fourteen Gaelic short stories were all broadcasted on BBC radio between 1954 and 1967, and were read by him under the title Sgeul Na H-Aon Oidhche. They also appeared posthumously in Gairm between 1996 and 2002. When Gairm ceased publication in 2002 after fi fty years, there was a gathering to celebrate its achievements. Professor Donald Meek chose Malcolm Laing's story Is Math an t-Annlan an t- Acras as the best prose he had read in Gairm.

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Chan fhaigh the rose Gaidhlig nas fhearr an aite sam bith; Raghnall MacilleDhuibh

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