• Crofting

    Congested Bulls

    by  • 20 January 2012 • Crofting, History, Land Issues • 0 Comments

    The Valtos Bull

    One of the popular schemes of the Congested Districts Board (1898-1912) was the provision of bulls, rams and stallions, on loan, to crofting parishes where the stock was in need of improvement. Uig did particularly well on the bulls, it seems.

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    Old Mangersta

    by  • 13 January 2012 • Crofting, Genealogy, Land Issues • 3 Comments

    mangersta crop

    Mangersta, like most occupied townships in Lewis, was relotted in 1849, with 15 crofts laid out and tenancies and rents allocated. Here we give the full tenant list for 1849-50, with tenancy and family changes up to the (voluntary) clearing of the village in 1872, when the people went mostly to Doune Carloway.

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    Hens of 1908

    by  • 23 July 2011 • Crofting, Featured Notes, Health & Food • 0 Comments

    eggs cycle

    The Congested Districts Board took an interest in poultry farming in the crofting parishes and in 1908 a Commission proceeded around Scotland taking evidence from many involved in the trade. On 22 July of that year they were in Uig, interviewing Mr & Mrs Duncan Maclean of Gisla Farm.

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    Uig Cattle Market in 1958

    by  • 25 July 2010 • Crofting, Featured Notes, Transport • 0 Comments

    An account of the cattle sales at Ardroil from the People’s Journal, 27 September 1958. In the Outer Isles the folk who make their living off the land can’t come to the market. So the market goes to them.  And the cattle sales may well decide whether the crofter and his family have a good year or a bad year.

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    At Strome

    by  • 24 December 2009 • Archive photos, Crofting, Life in Uig • 1 Comment

    [singlepic=1046,357] A very unseasonable picture:  a party from Reef, out at Strome for peats in fine weather.  Angus Mackay (an Gagan), James Morrison (Seumas Mhurchaidh Seumais), Christina Mackay, Peggy Macritchie (Peggy an Irish) and Murdo Macdonald (Morgan). Share

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    Air raid warning!

    by  • 19 November 2009 • Crofting, Life in Uig, WWII • 0 Comments

    Stornoway Gazette, 6 October 1939 West Uig, along with other parts of the Island, has contributed its quota to the fighting forces, both army and navy.  Being on the Atlantic Seaboard, much interest is taken in all surface craft observed, and much speculation as to their intentions is rife.  More interest, however, is taken in [...]

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    Quadruplets

    by  • 17 November 2009 • Crofting • 0 Comments

    Stornoway Gazette, 17 May 1940 Some of the people of Crowlista were the spectators of a very unusual sight last Tuesday.  While the 1pm news was being broadcast, a sheep belonging to Angus Matheson was labouring to give birth to quadruplets.  We regret that two of the lambs were dead on being delivered but the [...]

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    The Norse Mills of Lewis | Muilnean Beaga Leòdhais

    by  • 22 September 2009 • Archaeology, Crofting, History, Life in Uig, Mills • 1 Comment

    [singlepic=936,388] The cause of my sadness is the mill’s decline, Not getting what I need for my baking. -Calum Ruairidh Bhàin (Calum Mackay, Bragar) The Norse Mills of Lewis by Dr Finlay Macleod (Acair, 2009) is surely the most comprehensive volume imaginable on our horizontal mills – including their construction and use, context in world [...]

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    Milling

    by  • 25 June 2009 • Crofting, History, Life in Uig, Mills • 1 Comment

    From Lewsiana, by W Anderson Smith (1874, 1896). During the autumn and winter the grain is prepared at leisure as potatoes are first consumed, or nearly so, before the meal is much run upon. When in urgent need of meal, the grain is sometimes dried in an iron pot on the fire, and then taken [...]

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    The Girls at Gearraidh Thodail

    by  • 23 May 2009 • Crofting, History • 2 Comments

    [singlepic=634,432] Left, Mairead Macdonald (8 Kneep) and right, her sister Chirsty Ann (Ciorstaidh Anna a’Phurpois) at the shieling at Gearraidh Thodail.  The shieling is at NB095290, between Suainebhal and Direadh Beinn, and the Comann Eachdraidh visited it last summer – see pictures. Chirsty Ann was born in 1912 and so this was taken about 1930.  [...]

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    Prosperity and Overcrowding in Uig, 1850s-1890s

    by  • 17 February 2009 • Crofting, Fishing, History, Land Issues • 0 Comments

    From Uig, A Hebridean Parish, by HA Moisley and the Geographical Field Group, 1960. The crofting population of Uig started the second half of the nineteenth century with far less land than had been occupied by their forebears fifty years before, and, although famine, clearance and emigration had slightly reduced the population between 1841 and [...]

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    Norman Morrison’s Testimony

    by  • 4 December 2008 • Crofting, Emigration, History, Land Issues • 0 Comments

    On 4 June 1883 the Napier Commission, chaired by Lord Napier, was in Miavaig to take evidence from crofters and others on issues surround land management and tenancy.  Among those interviewed was Norman Morrison, crofter and fisherman at Brenish, aged 61, who stated he had two milk cows, three young beasts, between fifteen and twenty sheep, [...]

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