Rubh’ an Dùnain
Rannsaich làrach eachdraidheil Rubh’ an Dùnain
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Rubh’ an Dùnain

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Tha Gòrdan Mack, deasaiche an làraich-lìn, a’ cur an cèill lèirsinn airson Rubh’ an Dùnain san àm ri teachd agus a’ mìneachadh mar a thàinig beachd air a stèidheachadh mar choimhearsnachd air-loidhne gu bith.(Chaidh dreach den artaigil seo fhoillseachadh an toiseach le Associated Clan MacLeod Societies nam bloga air-loidhne san t-Sultain 2019).

Beatha ùr do choimhearsnachd trèigte san Eilean Sgitheanach.

Corra uair, dìreach uair no dhà ’s dòcha ann am beatha duine, tha thu a’ faighinn cothrom a dhol gu àite air leth. Àite a tha a’ giùlain faireachadh nam mìltean bhliadhnaichean a chaidh seachad; àite far a bheil eachdraidh air làrach fhàgail san ùir agus air na creagan; àite far a bheil e do-dhèante gun tighinn fo bhuaidh iongantach tìm. Dhòmhsa, ’s e Rubh’ an Dùnain an t-àite sin.

Rubha iomallach, fàs, anns nach robh suim aig daoine fad faisg air 160 bliadhna, air fhàgail aig caoraich, dòbhrain, an iolaire agus am fàsgadan, far a bheil an dealbh-tìre a’ toirt buaidh air anam Ceilteach is Gàidhealach.

Ann an 2015 stèidhich aon teaghlach beag, sliochd Iain Duibh MhicAsgaill, ceannard Chloinn ’ic Asgaill san t-seachdamh linn deug agus prìomh fhear-tac air fearann MhicLeòid air taobh siar an Eilein Sgitheanaich, an làrach-lìn seo ann an oidhirp chan e a-mhàin mothachadh fèin-aithne agus cleamhnas a chumail a’ dol ach cuideachd rannsachadh leantainneach mu dachaidh an sinnsrean a bhrosnachadh. Nas cudromaiche, bha iad airson sìol coimhearsnachd ùr a chur san àite àlainn seo.

Lèirsinn airson àm ri teachd

Tha an làrach air moladh fhaighinn bho air feadh an t-saoghail agus tha na mìltean air tadhal oirre. Ach, airson cumail a’ fàs agus a’ soirbheachadh, feumaidh coimhearsnachd sam bith, a dh’aindeoin a bhith làidir agus misneachail, càirdeas agus taic a’ dol air adhart. An-diugh tha lèirsinn aig Clann ’ic Asgaill Rubh’ an Dùnain airson an fhearann dhìomhair seo a tha nise clàraichte gu foirmeil mar aon de na Carraighean Eachdraidheil as ùire a tha ann an Alba. Tha iad a’ creidsinn gu faodadh àite ro-innleachdail ùr a bhith aig Rubh’ an Dùnain, a chaidh a thaghadh le Clann ’ic Asgaill, luchd-faire nan costaichean is geàird dùthchasach Triathan Chloinn ’ic Leòid, chionns gu robh a shuidheachadh mar àite-dìon cho cudromach, mar choimhearsnachd nuadh san aona linn fichead.

Tha an Comann a’ coimhead air an làraich seo mar chatailist airson coimhearsnachd ùr air-loidhne a chur air an rubha le luchd-còmhnaidh mas fhìor a dh’fhaodadh a bhith nan luchd-saidheans, nan arc-eòlaichean, luchd-eachdraidh, luchd-ealain, luchd-ciùil, clann sgoile, buill de shliochd nan teaghlaichean Sgitheanach thall thairis, seòladairean Lochlannach – gu dearbha duine sam bith aig a bheil ùidh ann am beatha, eachdraidh agus tuigse fhaighinn air na h-eileanan. Tha tiotal-obrach air – Caraidean Rubh’ an Dùnain – agus tha an Comann dhen bheachd gu bheil an coimeasgadh sònraichte de dh’eachdraidh agus eòlas-dùthcha, cultar agus dualchas a’ tairgsinn:

  • Dòigh air buntainneas eachdraidh ri dealbh-tire co-aimsireil a thaisbeanadh, a’ coileanadh cuid de na prìomh amasan aig Àrainneachd Eachdraidheil Alba;
  • Dh’fhaodadh e a bhith na àite-fiosrachaidh susbainteach airson ionnsachadh mu thraidiseanan nan Gàidheal bho thogail eathraichean gu cànan is cultar;
  • Slatan-tomhais maoin carthannais a choileanadh;
  • Goireasan cudromach a thairgsinn do a luchd-còmhnaidh mas fhìor aig iomadh ìre;
  • Eadar-obrachadh air meadhanan sòisealta a leasachadh ’s a sgaoileadh;
  • Cuideachadh le àireamh luchd-tadhail air carragh luachmhor ach fìnealta a chumail fo smachd ach fhathast a’ brosnachadh ùidh luchd-turais ann an Taobh Siar na Gàidhealtachd.
  • Tha am pròiseact seo cus dha Comann beag fèin-thaiceil a tha airson cumail a’ dol gu ìre mhòir mar bhuidheann teaghlaich. Tha e ag aithneachadh ge-tà gum bi feum air obair chruaidh, tosgaire dealasach, luchd-obrach saor-thoileach agus maoin as ùr airson coimhearsnachd ùr a chruthachadh. Agus tha an teaghlach airson ùine agus oidhirp a chur ri Caraidean Rubh’ an Dùnain a stèidheachadh le:

  • prìomh luchd-ùidh a chomharrachadh agus a dhol an sàs leotha;
  • cuideachadh le stiùireadh a thaobh sgioba riaghlaidh agus structar obrachaidh a chruthachadh;
  • cuideachadh le cosgaisean cur air chois mas fheudar (ged a tha ar maoin cuibhrichte);
  • a’ coimhead thairis air eadar-ghluasad rianachas na làraich;
  • cuideachadh le follaiseadh mar a bhiodh iomchaidh;
  • lìbhrigeadh dealas.
  • Tha an sireadh airson tosgaire agus luchd-taice a’ tòiseachadh. Tha sinn a’ dèanamh fiughair ri ur beachdan no ur molaidhean fhaighinn – agus ri cluinntinn bho saor-thagraichean dealasach. Faodaidh sibh ur BEACHDAN A CHUR GU H-ÌOSAL no taic a thairgsinn do Charaidean Rubh’ an Dùnain and AN SEO.

    Comments: 14 (Add)

    Maree McCaskill on October 23 2019 at 12:37

    I am a descendant of the McCaskill/MacAskill family that left Skye in 1852 for Geelong in Victoria Australia. I have traced my family back to 1776 in the area and established that they were crofters.
    I have visited Skye 7 times, but the last trip in 2012 was the highlight as I chartered a fast boat to take me to Rubh' an Dunain and up the canal to the Lock where the birlinns were placed in dry dock and the site housed the remnants of the Viking settlement. It was just breathtaking and for me it was almost visiting a very spiritual place that gave me a sense of "home". I have explored a number of the graveyards, some of them abandoned and requiring access via fording a stream. I too was concerned that an amazing historical record is likely to be damaged beyond repair.
    Being so far from Skye and the larger groups of MacAskills/McCaskills that centre on the USA and Canada, this site will be a brilliant way of connecting all of us who trace our heritage to Rubh' an Dunain. I would be willing to help in any way possible.

    Karla Rodebush (MacCaskey) on August 24 2019 at 18:39

    Hello. I was in Skye just last month (July, 2019) with my mother to trace ancestral roots. We are descendents of the McCaskey lineage (aka MacAskill, https://www.houseofnames.com/mccaskey-family-crest), who immigrated to Canada and the USA in the1800s.

    I felt a very deep connection to Skye and continue my research of my past and people. How fortunate to stumble upon this website. We did not get to the graveyard on Rubh' an Dunain, but I am planning my next trip (2020). I would love to be part of this project and connect with others of similar lineage. I, too, think the concept of repopulating this area via an online community is exciting. I would love to help in whatever way possible.

    Roberta Langford on June 8 2019 at 05:33

    I have MacAskill/McCaskill lineage and also have Ancestry DNA (as well as my male twin). I am related to the McCaskills that immigrated to the USA in North Carolina starting in the 1770s. I visited Skye and walked on part of the land, Rubh' an Dunain in October 2018. I was told by a local to visit an old graveyard a few minutes drive away where the family is buried. And on a cool rainy day, we did that.

    Very old and with slabs with swords etched in the stone. BUT I am concerned about the graveyard and the condition that it is in. This graveyard with an old church? has McCaskill and MacLeod family members along with other surnames from the 1400s-1800. There is a bush growing in the McCaskill graves, and overturned very heavy and large stone. Moss is growing on the words. Words that are harder to read and appear to be a genealogy record etched on the stone marker--the largest I have seen, I have a picture and video of my sister and I read this headstone. I have more pictures. I want to try and to repair, and cut that bush out--but need help. Who can I contact or is willing to go me to help? I am 50 years old. I fear much will be lost.

    I will return in Spring 2020. My email is roberta6469@msn.com if you have an interest. I found a book on relics and the actual name of the graveyard. Some of the relics are store in Edinburgh from this graveyard/church when the book was written in the 1920s.
    I also want to make the full walk on Rubh' an Dunain to see what I missed.

    William Haig Hodge McCaskey 16th on January 22 2019 at 09:51

    Born in Edinburgh in June 1959 I have always been told that my family history comes from the Isle of Skye. Living in Australia from the age of 5 and without relatives around me I have never had the urge to find out anything more about my Scottish ancestry till I visited Skye approx 20 years ago.
    I have returned a number of times, signed up on ancestry.com and undergone DNA testing, discovering I am 36% Scandinavian. My ancestral trail brings me to the MacAskills under the Macleod clan, bringing me to Rubh'an Dunain.
    Currently one of my hobbies is underwater archeology and I would love to volunteer my time and equipment sometime to assist discovering more about our heritage.

    Tricia Barson on November 1 2017 at 23:49

    My direct maternal line ends with Catherine & Ewan McAskill born between 1790-1800. I doubt I will find any further records. We were also cleared and immigrated to Canada. I had the opportunity to visit Isle of Skye last May with my mother. It was amazing. While there visiting the records at Armadale castle the lady helping us told us about Rubh' an Dunain. We did the walk and I can't wait to go back. I appreciate this website and going through the virtual walk. I hope more excavations can happen so we can learn more. Fun place!

    David McCaskill on March 13 2017 at 09:38

    As an exiled McCaskill I have studied the history of my West Highland roots for many years and have found your website a source of great information and entertainment. To be able to view the land of my forefathers from my home in western Canada is a joy. It delivers a real sense of belonging.

    The concept of repopulating this area via an online community is a novel approach and exciting. It seems to offer a wealth of opportunities across a wide spectrum, but particularly for Gaelic culture, history and language. Developed in the right manner, I think it stands a good chance of capturing the imagination of young people who so often feel the need to migrate to large cities and other lands.

    I will be happy to lend my support in whatever way you think best and look forward to further details.

    Gustaf Anthony Keen on September 27 2015 at 22:54

    On 2 September 2015 my wife and I from Cape Town in South Africa travelled by train from Glasgow to Mallaig en route to Skye for a visit to my wife's sister recently moved to there . In the train we sat opposite an elderly gentleman who turned out to be one David MacFadyen of Tarskavaig on Skye .He told us briefly about a Viking canal at Rubh' an Dunain and mentioned he had picked up a piece of a ship's timber dated to about 1200 . My sister in law and husband had also heard of this Viking canal and were interested in visiting the area so we resolved to take a walk there a day or two later from Glen Brittle car park .This we did on a fine clear day with the Cuillins free of cloud . We walked and discovered many things new to us . We had only the Landranger topo map as guide but we found the tacksman house , the lochan with canal and adjacent ruins , the cave , and the Dun wall , and we visited the chambered cairn . We scrambled up the heights to get excellent views of sea and mountain . We had a wonderful day out in the wilds of Scotland with clearly a lot of fascinating history under foot . Upon return to civilisation we dived into the internet to find out more about these exciting places we had visited . Then we found your excellent website with all its fascinating information and links to fill in the background . Your "virtual journey" is almost exactly what we had done and remains as a wonderful reminder of our visit . The references you hide away under "Library" deserve much better display . The 2015 essay by Colin Martin is particulary interesting . The RCAHMS and their "canmore" websites have a wealth of information and illustrations , all cross linked . Our whole journey has proved fascinating and very much helped by your really very good website . Perhaps we should have done our homework first - studying your website before visiting , but there is much satisfaction in exploring totally unknown territory and finding things for yourself and then reading about it . Thank you for your help .

    Ronald Macaskill Watt on August 26 2015 at 09:57

    I came across the article in History Scotland. Which led me to your site.
    Not digested it yet but most interesting.

    When we tried to walk to Rhu an Dunain my wife was not well and we had to turn back a few hundred yards short, so I greatly appreciate the virtual walk.

    My mother wrote an article on The Macaskills of Rhu an Dunain but Bill's is much more detailed.

    Now I will be looking for work on the Macaskills who remained on Skye. Our lot moved north to Ramasaig in Duirinish but were again cleared at least twice

    Ronald Macaskill Watt

    Don Currie, Edinburgh on June 25 2015 at 16:26

    What a great resource - really imaginative and original.

    Calum MacAskill on April 13 2015 at 14:12

    Well done to all involved a very professional and informative site

    Coinneach on April 12 2015 at 10:39

    Excellent work - looking v. professional .. I'll disseminate to guides

    Joanne Dodge, Charlotte, North C on April 9 2015 at 15:16

    Excellent site. The virtual tour is wonderful.

    Marjory Danskin on March 30 2015 at 15:40

    I will be visiting Skye on holiday soon and it is wonderful to have a chance to learn about some of its history, without necessarily having to make such a long walk. Your virtual tour is perfect for a 'senior' like me.

    M J Danskin, Bedford, England

    Brian Macdonald on March 30 2015 at 15:34

    What a treat to find this site! I visited Rubh an Dunain last year on a family holiday and am heading back to Skye this summer. But I had no idea about the history of the place when I visited.

    Absolutely fascinating. Thank you!

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