Saoghal Thormoid: Diluain – Sinnsireachd
“Tha fhios aig a h-uile Gàidheal cò e.” Tha Tormod a’ bruidhinn air a shinnsireachd fhèin, air taobh athar agus air taobh a mhàthar, agus ciamar a bha na ceanglaichean seo cudromach is e na ghille òg ann an Glaschu, Loch Abar agus Beinn na Faoghla. Tha cuimhne aige air a sheanair taobh athar, fear a ghlèidh duais seinn aig Cruinneachadh na h-Eaglaise Brice ann an 1878, is e a’ teagasg òrain dha. ‘S ann às Uibhist a Tuath a bha a sheanmhair taobh a mhàthar a chaidh a dh’fhuireach ann an Glaschu, far nach do thog i a-riamh a’ Bheurla, agus i beò ann an coimhearsnachd Gàidhlig baile mòr Ghlaschu. Tha Tormod a’ meòrachadh air cò ris a bha ceanglaichean eadar na coimhearsnachdan coltach bho dhiofar thaobhan nuair a bha e òg.
“Every Gael knows who he is.” Norman talks about his genealogy, on both sides of the family, and how these family networks played an important part in his early upbringing in Glasgow, Lochaber, and Benbecula. He has clear memories of his paternal grandfather teaching him songs, a man who himself won a prize for Gaelic singing at the Falkirk Tryst of 1878. His maternal grandmother, meanwhile, migrated to Glasgow from North Uist and never learned to speak English, functioning socially just within the Gaelic-speaking community of Glasgow of that time. Norman reflects on how community relations were experienced from different perspectives in his childhood.
A full transcript of this conversation is available here on Clilstore. (The Unit Info tab also enables access to Google Translate.)
The “Saoghal Thormoid” project is a collaboration between Soillse, the inter-university research partnership which funded the recordings through its Small Research Fund, and Guthan nan Eilean (Island Voices).
Update: All recordings in both the “Saoghal Thormoid” and “Sgeulachdan Thormoid” collections are now available on the “Norman Maclean” page.