• Rev Malcolm Maclennan

    by  • 20 July 2008 • History, People • 2 Comments

    Calum Aonghais a’Bhreabadair was born in Valtos in 1862, a son of Angus Maclennan who had travelled the world. The family moved to 11 Kneep. Calum went to Canada as a young man and studied at McGill University in Montreal. He worked for some years as a minister in Canada before returning to Scotland and […]

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    Uig Transport in the 1930s-40s

    by  • 20 July 2008 • History • 0 Comments

    To go with the picture of Sgail and his crowd of excursionists, part of an article from the Uig News: In the 1930s there were four cars in Uig. The two ministers both had cars – one was a Vauxhall. The Doctor had a car and so did Norman Mackay, the Public Assistance Officer – he […]

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    Another Uig Outing, 1930s

    by  • 19 July 2008 • Archive photos • 0 Comments

    Lovely hats but we haven’t yet identified any of the ladies – ideas welcome.   Click for closer inspection.  Yes I know you’re not old enough to have been around then. Back 1.  Driver John Macaulay 8 Islivig (Sgail) 2. – 8. ? Middle 9. Calum Murdo Macleod, 17 Uigen (Bidan) 10. Angus Mackay, 1 Carishader […]

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    “Strange Conduct of Lewis Crofters”

    by  • 19 July 2008 • History, Land Issues • 2 Comments

    Highland News, Monday 13 October, 1884: The Northern Chronicle publishes the following sensational statement which we trust is somewhat exaggerated:– Mr Wm Mackay, Chamberlain of the Lews, has for some time back been engaged in visiting the different parts of the island for the purpose of collecting rents.  On Monday last week [30 September 1884] he […]

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    Meeting at Islivig School, 1908

    by  • 19 July 2008 • History, Land Issues • 0 Comments

    From Joni Buchanan’s The Lewis Land Struggle (Acair 1996): On Christmas Day 1908, 46 crofters and squatters met at the schoolhouse in Brenish (known as Islivig School) and passed eight resolutions demanding the breakup of Mangersta and Carnish farms:  “So that without leaving the locality where they were born and where all associations and kinships that […]

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    Miavaig

    by  • 19 July 2008 • History • 4 Comments

    Rev DA Macrae was born in Miavaig and lived latterly in Harris. He was interviewed by Maggie Smith in November 2004, and died in July 2005. Our home Miavaig House was built in 1855 for my grandfather James Macrae, who was the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages and was also an Inspector of the Poor. […]

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    More about Angus Beag

    by  • 18 July 2008 • Genealogy, History • 1 Comment

    Rev William Matheson, Mac Gille Chaluim, gives the following about Angus Beag and his departure for Auldearn, which seems to have been precipitated by the harsh words of his wife who accused him of unmanliness (see also the previous note.) Angus Macaulay’s conduct before the departure of the men of Lewis to Auldean in the Spring of 1645 […]

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    The Origins of the Macaulays of Uig

    by  • 18 July 2008 • Genealogy, History, Vikings • 0 Comments

    From Rev William Matheson, Mac Gille Chaluim, in his Families of Lewis series in the Stornoway Gazette: Most West Highland clans have to go back some seven hundred years to find their eponymous ancestor.  If the Macaulays of Lewis conform to this pattern, we should look for the original Olafr or Aulay about the beginning […]

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    Valtos School 1954

    by  • 18 July 2008 • Archive photos • 1 Comment

    (click to enlarge) Headmaster Donald Maclean Shawbost; Teacher Annie Macaulay 35 Cliff Back Row: 1. Donald Maciver 8 Crowlista 2. Calum Iain Buchanan 8 Valtos 3. Peggy Morrison 3 Valtos 4. Gladys Goodge Miavaig 5. Murdina Buchanan 7 Valtos 6. Agnes Mackay 4 Carishader 7. Donald Buchanan 7 Valtos 8. Peter M Matheson Crowlista Third Row: […]

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    Reef Machair

    by  • 17 July 2008 • Life in Uig • 0 Comments

    The machair is in bloom – in case anyone who’s not in Uig or near a machair of their own would like to see it, here it is.  Back to ancient history tomorrow.  

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    More Rebuking in 1825

    by  • 17 July 2008 • History • 0 Comments

    Kirk Session records, 15 November 1825: The Session at Uig having met and constituted, Peggy Morison and Angus Morison, both Capidle, having been charged with a Criminal Connection were examined by the Members of said Kirk Session, they confessed their guilt and agreed as to the time and place in the Statement of the Fact. […]

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    A Rebuking in 1825

    by  • 17 July 2008 • History • 0 Comments

    From the Kirk Session records, 13 September 1825: At the Church of Uig 13th September 1825 the Session having met and constituted, Angus Maclean and Peggy Macaulay from Brenish were interrogated respecting a previous information made to the Session of their having used very improper and foul language against each other both to their own […]

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    Seòldairean na Bàgh

    by  • 17 July 2008 • Bàrdachd, Gàidhlig • 0 Comments

    Verses about the boys from the Bays, by Donald Macleod (Dòmhnall Eachainn) of 10 Geshader, who was born in 1874 and spent his working life in Glasgow.  This hasn’t seen the light of day for some time; thanks to the family for providing it. Bho Ghiosladh gu Gràsabhaig ‘S h-uile h-ait ‘s na cuiltean sin ‘S na seòldairean […]

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    The Kirk Session Wonders Where the Money Went

    by  • 16 July 2008 • History • 0 Comments

    A minute from the Kirk Session; Alexander Macleod had left Uig (and the Established Church) 23 years previously.  We don’t know how this turned out. At Stornoway, the 4th day of December 1866 years. Which day the Kirk Session of the Parish of Uig, under leave obtained from the Presbytery of Lewis, met here, and […]

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    The Kneep Boat

    by  • 16 July 2008 • Archive photos • 0 Comments

      Identification sorted: 1. Donald Macleod Kneep (am Buthaide – the Puffin, because of his nose) 2. Donald Maclennan 15 Kneep ( Dòmhnall Iain Seonaid) 3. Iain Macdonald 8 Kneep (Max)  4. John Maciver 7 Kneep (Iain Dhòmhnaill Duinn, son of the bard) 5. John Maclennan 1 Kneep (Iain a’Rothaich, Iain Dhòmhnaill Dhòmhnaill Choinnich, or Shag) 6. Angus […]

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