Rory Dall

Rory Dall... the famous Scottish harper. Or wasn’t he Irish? Actually there are stories and information about two different people known as Rory Dall, one Scottish, one Irish. Their lives did not even overlap, though that didn't stop some people thinking they were the same person going under different names.

Ruaidhrí Dall Ó Catháin
(late 16th C - mid 17th C), the Irish Rory Dall, also known as Rory O’Kane, is said to have been an Irish gentleman harper who spent most of his life in Scotland. We know almost nothing about him. Next...

Ruaidhri Dall Mac Mhuirich
(c.1656 - 1714), the Scottish Rory Dall, also known as Ruaidhri Mac Gille Mhoire, or Roderick Morison, was from Bragar, Lewis, Scotland. He is best known as the retained harper to the McLeods at Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye. Next...