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Subject: Ba/s Gill-Easpaig MhicCoinnich (Mac Ea/irdsidh Sheumais)
From: Seosamh WATSON <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Seosamh WATSON <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 1 Feb 1995 13:22:54 +0000
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Tha deagh-charaid dhomh fhi/n agus dhan fheadhain a tha gabhail u/idh
dhe cha/nan agus chultur nan Ga/idheal ann an Ceap Breatainn air
caochladh. Seo agaibh an cunntas a chaidh a chur thugam o Eo/sa O
Murchu/ (Dartmouth, Alba Nuadh).  Cha chreid mi nach on _Mail-Star_
(fear de pha/ipeir-naidheachd Halifax) a tha/inig e:
 
`Gaelic historian dies at 87
   MacKenzie, Archibald Alexander -- 87, Halifax, died January 30, 1995,
in Camp Hill Medical Centre.  Born at Rear Christmas Island, Cape
Breton, he was a son of the late Archibald James and Catherine (Campbell)
Mackenzie.  He was widely known as a Gaelic singer, fiddler, Bard,
historian, genealogist, and story teller about the life and people of
Cape Breton.  He appeared frequently on BBC Scotland and CBC television
and radio.  He served as chief of the Scottish Catholic Society; first vice-
president of Caledonian Society and active in founding of the Gaelic
Society of Cape Breton.  In 1989, he won Cuach Loch Bhraoin for
traditional gaelic singing at the Ontario Mod.  His appearancxes at
Comhdhail nan Seanachie [sic], the Annual Tradition Bearers' Conference in
the Isle of Skye, Scotland won him many friends and made his home in
Halifax a regular visiting place and site for a ceilidh.  In 1984,
he c0-produced with his daughter, Marian Rothe, a second edition of A
History of Christmas Island Parish, an update of an original work
by his father in 1925.  Over his working life, he farmed in his home of
Cape Breton until 12941, for a period in the 1950's established Insul-Lite,
one of the largest construction companies in the Maritimes and in his later
years sold life insurance.  In 1994 he was honoured by the Nova Scotia
Highland Village Society, receiving their Award of Merit for recognition
for his contributions to Scottish culture.  His sharpness of intellect and
humour, his value of family, culture,folklore, oral tradition, language,
and the music of his people were the drive-wheel of his life and the
source of his main enjoyment.  Surviving are daughters, Jane..., Marian
..., Leona..., Peggi Ann..., Judy..., Carlotta.... Visitation will be 2-4,
7-9 p.m. Wednesday in Snow's Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St., Halifax.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday in Canadian Martyrs Church, Inglis
Street, Halifax.  In lieu of flowers, donations to Nova Scotia Highland
Village Society, PO Box 58, Iona, NS. Canada BOA 1LO.'
 
Gura mo/ide teaghlach De/ a anam uasal!

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