Conversation between Catherine and I this evening:
Cath: So, who was the man that died?
Me: ...a brother of Alastair Ban.
Cath: Oh yeah, sits behind us in church.
Me: that's right. And did you know that his wife is a sister of Domhnall Ban, our elder?
Cath: Really? I didn't realise that.
Me: And did you know that Domhnall Ban's wife was related to me?
Cath: On your mum's side?
Me: Yep. And you know Uncle Iain, Dad's uncle?
Me: Well, he was only dad's uncle by marriage. His wife - Auntie Mairead - was Dad's aunt. But Uncle Iain was related to me.
Cath: Er... I thought he was Dad's uncle??
Me: But only by marriage. He was related to me.
Cath: So, Dad's uncle isn't really his uncle, but he is related to you.....
These kind of conversations could only happen in Lewis.
Or maybe in the deep South!!
So, just to clarify: Dad's aunt's husband's sister's husband's sister's husband's brother.... is the one who passed away. Got it?