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Catriona Dhùghlas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Daughter of Iain Mac-an-Aba, himself a poet, Catriona Dhùghlas (Katherine Douglas) (1893-1965) was born in Kilmuir, Trotternish and lived there all her life. Educated at Kilmuir Primary School, where her father was headmaster. She was taught Gaelic by her cousin, Anna Dhomhnallach.

Catriona coached young people for Mod competitions and composed a number of Gaelic songs. After her death her husband gave her manuscripts to the Rev. Domhnall Buidse, who undertook the task of publication, a task in which, in spite of all his efforts, he was only partially successful. The Rev. Buidse’s account of Catriona’s life and work is to be found on pp. 596-601 of his article ‘Bàird an Eilean Sgiathanach: Clann-an-Aba, Throdairnis’ (TGSI 48: 584-601).

Catriona collected many old Gaelic songs and some of her collections were to win prizes at Mod competitions. Apparently when collecting songs she learnt the tunes, then played them by ear on her harmonium and from her playing made transcriptions of the tunes. 

 

 

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