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, maintain an archive, research aspects of local history, collect objects and photographs, help with genealogy enquiries, organise talks, undertake occasional projects and meet regularly to discuss old news and new news.
The community of Uig consists of some 20 small active crofting townships on Loch Roag and the open sea, from Gisla to Brenish. The population is about 400. Local interest in history and heritage (whether archaeology, the Vikings, legends and stories, clearance and settlement, ethnography, genealogy, crofting or fishing) is huge and the Comann Eachdraidh has amassed a large and very detailed body of knowledge. Previously housed in Lochcroistean School (now a cafe), the society moved in 1998 to the new community centre overlooking Timsgarry and Uig Sands, where the museum and archive can be visited.
The Hebridean Comann Eachdraidh movement was born in 1977 with the establishment of the first such society on Lewis, at Ness. Every community throughout the Hebrides now supports a Comann Eachdraidh, all dedicated to collecting and preserving the language and cultural history of the islands. Comann Eachdraidh Uig was one of the founding members of the Hebridean Connections project, which takes the concept a step further by offering this wealth of material online.
Membership of the Comann Eachdraidh is open to everyone and currently comprises over 300 people; to join, just contact any member of the committee listed below. Committee members are appointed annually by the membership at the AGM and co-opted throughout the year. We currently have a few vacancies, and the only qualifications are residency in Uig, an interest in local history and a willingness to get stuck in. If you are interested in getting involved, please be in touch. Volunteers are also welcome to man the museum and help with other projects and do not need to take a place on the committee.
We are always looking for new stories, photographs and angles on the history of Uig, both for this website and for the Comann Eachdraidh collection. If you have connections here, please think about sharing your stories and pictures, and/or writing for us.
Of course, as an entirely voluntary society, we also welcome donations, which go towards keeping the museum, our programme of events and this website going.
- John Maciver, Ardroil – chair
- Sheila Henderson, Valtos – vice chair
- Bob Mears, Breanish – treasurer
- Elspeth Logan, Valtos – secretary
- Teen Anne Murray, Valtos – minute secretary
- Donald Maciver, Crowlista
- Fin Morrison, Reef
- Domhnall Calum Morrison, Valtos
- Hugh Henderson, Valtos
- Gwen Hoskins, Miavaig
- Mark Elliot, Museum nan Eilean (curatorial advisor)
Business meetings are not generally open (or interesting) to the public but the Comann Eachdraidh hosts occasional ceilidhs in Gaelic, and other talks and events which are advertised here and locally.