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    Landing at the Flannans

    by  • 25 March 2011 • Church, Featured Notes, Health & Food, Tales & Traditions • 0 Comments

    Martin Martin, in his Description of the Western Isles of Scotland (1695) gives an account of the use made of the Flannan Isles at the time and the superstitions that attended a visit: “The inhabitants of the adjacent lands of the Lewis, having a right to these islands, visit them once every summer, and there make a great purchase of fowls, eggs, down, feathers, and quills…”

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    Peats of Fire Lighting the Way

    by  • 8 March 2011 • Church, Education, Life in Uig • 0 Comments

    The Rev Angus Maciver was the son of Angus Maciver “An Ceistear” (the Catechist), born at Reef in 1799. The family lived at Tobson on Great Bernera from 1835 to 1853. This extract from The Life of a Lewis Catechist, published in the Stornoway Gazette in 1971-2, is Rev Maciver’s memory of meeting-house nights.

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    Tales of Aonghas nam Beann

    by  • 1 February 2011 • Church, Education, People, Tales & Traditions • 2 Comments

    [singlepic id=1167 w=200 float=left] We’ve looked before at the remarkable Angus of the Mountain. The little stories surrounding his life and faith are numberous – here are a few more abridged from Macfarlane’s Men of the Lews (1924): His mental constitution was not of gun-metal. It was weak and of the wool-gathering order. People said [...]

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    Do Lorg ‘s Do Bhata Treun

    by  • 1 December 2010 • Bàrdachd, Church, Gàidhlig • 0 Comments

    Do lorg ‘s do bhata treun Tha iad a tabhairt comhfurtachd Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm XXIII, v4 Do Lorg ‘s Do Bhata Treun was written by Murdo Macdonald of Crola during his stay in Lewis Hospital, while awaiting his operation for goitre. The operation was unsuccessful and he died at [...]

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    A Church in Trinidad

    by  • 29 November 2010 • Church, Emigration, Featured Notes • 3 Comments

    Colin Ian Maclean (Cailean Ruaraidh Phadraig) was born in 1927 in Crowlista and brought up at 8 Timsgarry. He was minister of the Church of Scotland charge of Trinidad, Port of Spain: Greyfriars and St Ann’s at the time of the laying of this foundation stone for this new building at Arouca.

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    Aonghas nam Beann

    by  • 11 July 2010 • Church, Education, People, Tales & Traditions • 1 Comment

    Angus nam Beann was a well-known figure in Uig at the time of the Revivals, and ever since.  The following is from John Macleod’s History of the Church in Uig. Angus MacLeod’s father was a shepherd in the hills of Uig towards the border with Harris, and this is where Angus was born. So it [...]

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    The Reverends Norman Morrison

    by  • 2 February 2010 • Archive photos, Church, People • 5 Comments

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    A photo of the Rev Norman Morrison, with his wife, sister (behind him) and children. Rev Morrison was minister at Baile na Cille from 1931 to 1950. He wasn’t the first of that name in Uig; the third known minister in Uig was also Norman Morrison, 1742 to 1777, who was a grandson of John Morrison, tacksman at Bragar – known in the archives as Indweller.

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    Upright in Uig

    by  • 17 January 2010 • Church, History • 0 Comments

    Rev Alexander Macleod arrived in Uig 1824 and evidently had a powerful influence on his congregation.  In the first years of his ministry a number of stories arose demonstrating the (new) piety and upright behaviour of the people of Uig – perhaps exaggerating somewhat the change that had been brought about. In any case Uig [...]

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    The Minister We Never Had

    by  • 14 November 2009 • Church, History, Land Issues • 3 Comments

    Hugh Munro was minister at Baile na Cille for 46 years, until his death on 1 May 1823.  He was replaced the following year by Alexander Macleod, but there was nearly a different minister in Uig, which, given Rev Macleod’s strong attachment to and leading role in the evangelist movement that was just beginning to [...]

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    A Wedding

    by  • 7 August 2009 • Church, Life in Uig • 7 Comments

    [singlepic=866,379] This rare picture was taken inside Baile na Cille Church (1950s?) and contributed by Peter N Macdonald.  The minister is Rev Angus Macfarlane and the precentor (top left) is Peter Macdonald 5 Crowlista.  Can any of the others be identified from the backs of their heads? Edit: immediately identified, thanks to Pat.  See comments [...]

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