Fear a' Bhàta

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Fear a' Bhàta (translated The boatman) is a Scots Gaelic song from the late 18th century, written by Sìne NicFhionnlaigh (Jean Finlayson) of Tong who was courting a young fisherman from Uig, Dòmhnall MacRath. The song captures the emotions that she endured during their courtship. The part of the story that is rarely told is that they were married not long after she composed the song.[1][2]


There are many versions of the lyrics and of the melody:

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  1. ^ "BBC ALBA – Bliadhna nan Òran – Òrain : Sgrìobhaichean, Sìne NicFhionnlaigh". Bbc.co.uk. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2013-09-02.
  2. ^ "Beag Air Bheag - Learn a Gaelic Song". BBC. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2013-09-02.

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