Comann Eachdraidh Uig is the local historical society in the district of Uig, in the far south west of the Isle of Lewis.
We run a registered museum in the Uig Community Centre in Timsgarry, and is staffed by knowledgeable volunteers who can help with particular queries or simply tell of the old ways in Uig. We hold a large archive, which will be digitized and available on the museum website soon, of background material available for browsing and a large collection of old photographs. All these archives will be soon digitized and will be available on this website soon!
We have a number of displays covering different aspects of our local history…
The 78 Lewis Chessmen pieces were found in a stone cist in the shifting dunes of Uig Bay, Ardroil, by Malcolm “Sprot” Macleod of the village of Pennydonald. (we don’t have the originals…!),
The Iolaire disaster
The Iolaire – The Iolaire left Kyle of Lochalsh on 31 December 1918 for Stornoway, carrying naval reservists coming home on New Year’s leave or demobbed from the Royal Navy, apart from a few Mercantile Marine seamen.
Early on the morning of 1 January 1919, approaching Stornoway in the dark, she struck the Beasts of Holm in the harbour and was wrecked, with the loss of some 205 lives. Only 75 of the passengers survived, and the death toll may in fact have been higher as the ship was overcrowded and passenger records were incomplete.
Fishing & Weaving
Viking domestic life
Timeline – Some key dates in the history of Uig and the Isle of Lewis from as far as 9000BC.
Local archaeology and finds
Local archaeology finds page will be coming soon.
For now, we have some links to local finds:
Finds in 1915 – A letter to the Gazette on 15 October 1917, by “DJM”, Donald J Macleod, Inspector of Schools (not DJ Maciver as previously indicated.)
The archaeology of Skye and the Western Isles – A comprehensive look at early and recent (to 1996) excavations in the Hebrides, exploring the history of human settlement from the Neolithic period to the Clearances.
Lewis Chessmen – The 78 Lewis Chessmen pieces were found in a stone cist in the shifting dunes of Uig Bay, Ardroil, by Malcolm “Sprot” Macleod of the village of Pennydonald. (we don’t have the originals…!)
The McVean Hoard – A number of archaeological finds collected by the McVean family in Uig and handed to Museum nan Eilean for Treasure Trove are on loan to Uig Museum and currently on display.
We are happy to help with research, remotely or in person. If you plan to visit and intend to undertake research, it may help to let us know in advance so we can arrange for the appropriate person to assist you.
Please also have a look at Hebridean Connections where much of our collected genealogy is available online.
Groups are welcome (prior notice is preferred) and special activity days can often be arranged for school groups.
We are open April – October
Mondays – Saturdays
12 noon to 5pm.
To Book a ticket…
- We do not sell tickets online, We request that you book your tickets by phoning this number
(Please call between 9am – 5pm):
2. state which time and date you wish to make a tour.
3. Due to COVID restrictions, we are only permitted to have 6 people maximum in 1 hour slots between 12:00 and 17:00
4. Please call in at least 1-2 weeks in advance
Members and children free.
Uig Community Centre
Timsgarry, Isle of Lewis
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If you would to leave a comment or get in touch with us…
You can visit our facebook page Uig Historical Society where we will be able to contact you. We have a great facebook family who are always happy to help with anything from dates, photographs and any information regarding Uig.