Measgaichte / Miscellaneous

Peter and Catherine MacPhee
South Uist, South Glendale
A. O’Henley
  • [NOTES: some notes added (most probably by K. D. MacDonald?). See below for details.]
cairta root used for dyeing.
fiasag nan creaglichen. A dark, grey colour obtained from this.
bun an t-sealasdaira light grey colour was obtained from the root of the iris.
fersaidspindle. For winding thread.
cliabh luaidhthe long platform where wool was waulked. It had a rounded head. [NOTES: note added above ‘cliabh’ – from cliath?]
air a’ chòrnthis phrase indicated that the wool had been wrapped round this wooden hogshead (còrn). This was done after waulking.
rèisthis was the measurement by which the wool had to contract during waulking. Approx. the length of the middle finger.
àthathe kiln wall. About three feet high and ten feet wide.
leaba an t-sìlthe part of the kiln where the seed was placed to dry.
seice caoraa sheep’s skin.
ròth liasraidhthe water powered wheel in a mill.
an t-each bànlittle white eddies on the sea surface. Indicating gales and high winds.
cabraid nan rònseals squealing. A sign of bad weather. [NOTES: ‘cabraid’ corrected to ‘càbraid’.]
godalaisa language unto themselves. Reference to previous word.
galair a’ ghartainlouping ill. Caused by a tick with a red head. The other four types of tick are not so dangerous.
laoghachcainnthe skin which is taken off a dead calf or lamb and placed on another so as to endear it to its new mother. Also called a ‘luairceinn’. [NOTES: ‘laoghachcainn’ corrected to ‘laoghachcain’ and ‘luairceinn’ to ‘luaircein’.]
òla leigheasbalsam. [NOTES: ‘òla’ corrected to ‘ola’.]
deargadhgeneral term for an earmark.
ròpa tacsaidha rope between two ploughing horses.
ulaga small circle in which a hook can be placed.
glas bheoilthe bit in a horse’s mouth.
buirreasga bit of wood which was placed on an animal’s face to prevent them from fighting. Had nails on the inside of the wood to act as a deterrent. [NOTES: corrected to ‘bùireasg’.]
strathair chleibha saddle with baskets attached. [NOTES: ‘chleibh’ corrected to ‘chlèibh’.]
comhlaicheanthese were the parts of the saddle where the baskets rested.
plàtaa plaid underneath the saddle which prevented the baskets from cutting the skin.
maide eicha twitch used for controlling a horse when it was being shod. Made of a wooden handle with a rope at one end attached to the horse’s face. When it was twisted, it tightened so as to hurt the horse.

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