by John Dye with a comment by Keith MacDonald
ago I was informed by Miss Ruth Rouse who was descended from Moidart MacDonald
that she had been informed by Lady Macdonald of the Isles that in many
MacDonalds one eye was larger than the other.
Then in 1945 in Montreal the same story was told to me by a MacDonald
woman whose forebears had come from the Isles to Ontario.
The story does not seem to be current in Moidart and evidently is a Skye
or North Uist tradition.
Sept. 12/47 C. S .M.
Yes - the
story was told to Miss Ruth Rouse about 1935 or 1954 by some MacPherson
cousins in Somoloman (Samalaman) or Glening (Glenuig), Moidart, Scotland..
Keith MacDonald comments (2nd June 2005):
"Your article on this page has caught my eye, so to speak, not
least because it is also a feature of my son Euan and we are descended
from MacDonalds from Skye.
The medical consultant who examined him is fascinated; the condition seems
to be very rare in the south of Britain, is completely benign and caused
by the eyelids working independently. When one eyelid closes more than
the other, the appearance is a bit like a car windscreen with one sun
visor tilted down."