Gaelic Charm from Moore/ Cumberland County, NC


Dougald’s Gaelic Charm

I was perusing the North Carolina Treasures page of the State Archives of North Carolina and found a unique document written by a man name Dougald McFarland circa 1750 in Moore/ Cumberland County.  The charm is written primarily in Gaelic and calls upon Callum Cille  to protect the bearer against harm.  Callum Cille was the Gaelic name for St. Columba, the converter of the Picts to Christianity in the 500’s AD.  There were many Scots Highlanders who settled in this region in the 1700’s and one of them was an ancestor of mine named Malcolm MacAlpin(e).  This manuscript is an interesting relic of their distinctive culture.

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