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MacLeod, Mary (c. 1615–c. 1706)

MacLeod, Mary (c. 1615–c. 1706)

Scottish poet. Born Mairi nighean Alasdair Ruaidh (Mary the Daughter of Red Alasdair), c. 1615, in Rodel, Harris, Scotland; died c. 1706 in Dunvegan, Scotland; dau. of Alasdair Ruadh na Droighnach.

First Gaelic poet to compose court poetry in vernacular diction, lived in court of MacLeod chief Sir Roderick Mór; was exiled from court after Restoration but recalled upon accession of Sir Norman of Bernera. Only 16 Gaelic poems extant, published in J. Mackenzie, The Beauties of Gaelic Poetry and Lives of the Highland Bards (1907) and in J.C. Watson, Songs of Mary MacLeod (1934).

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