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    FÀILTE!  Welcome!                               
     
      This site is dedicated to preserving the celtic aspects of the history and culture of the Boisdale area with a special emphasis on the language that the early settlers brought with them from Scotland.This language was Scottish Gaelic . I will be presenting articles in both Gaelic and English and I will endeavour to show the very rich culture that was held by these people as reflected in their stories, songs ,music, poems dance and no less important, their everyday lives.
    
    Most of the people who settled at Boisdale and the adjacent areas along the southern shores of St. Andrews Channel came from the western islands of Scotland ,particularly the islands of South Uist. and Barra. They were mostly farmers and fishermen with centuries of experience learned from their forefathers, while some were very skilled as carpenters shipwrights and blacksmiths. Some of them spoke only gaelic,some spoke  both Gaelic and English and some could read and write in both languages. A lot of the oral history, music , songs , and poems which had been committed to memory after Culloden came with them and their culture fluorished as they contributed greatly to the building of a new life in a new country.
 
    These  people were descended from  the ancient Celts who at one time were spread all over Europe. The ancient Celts lived in clans , each one ruled by it's own Chief. The Celtic race gave itself the name CELTAE .  They were the first known inhabitants of Europe, having spread there from Asia at some unknown time. The early Greeks called them  keltoi meaning secretive as the Greeks aparently understood very little about them. The Celts worshiped the earth , moon , sun , and the stars. In their music, stories , poetry , and songs we can see reflected the things that they held to be important : nature , their gods , goddesses , ancestors , as well as events in their own lives. Nothing was written down but their bards , poets , and musicians demonstrated an amazing capacity for remembering their arts with fastidious attention to detail.           
 
                                                                                     ORAIN agus NAIDHEACHAN
                                                
     
 The site just given above will refer you to a song that was sung by Findlay Cameron with Joseph Lawrence MacDonald joining in on the chorus.    These two men were very fluent in gaelic and they were leaders in the community of Boisdale when I was growing up there in the 50s and60s.Posessing deep strong voices it was a pleasure to listen to them leading the singing at a ceilidh or other gathering. The above link will refer you to a tape of Findlay singing the song " Tha Mì sgìth on Tìm Seo 'n Dè ( I Am Tired Since Yesterday ), with Joe Lawrence joining in on the chorus. We can thank the Beaton Institute for preserving this as well as many other facets of our Celtic culture which can be accessed   on their    site.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                 MORE GAELIC SONGS