Mary Macdonald’s Memorial

Mary MacDonald's Cairn

Mary MacDonald’s Cairn

On the outskirts of the village of Bunessan, you will see at the junction to Lee and Ardtun, a memorial to Mary MacDonald, the poetess. Mary is best known , however, for a melody that she wrote for the carol “Child in a Manger”. We know it today as “Morning has broken”, or tune “Bunessan” in the Hymnal.

Child in the manger,
Infant of Mary,
Outcast and stranger,
Lord of all!
Child who inherits,
All our transgressions
All our dements
On him fall.