• Emigration

    Spring Cleaning in 1851

    by  • 9 January 2012 • Emigration, Land Issues • 0 Comments

    Ruins at Carnish

    The late 1840s were years of desperation in Lewis (as elsewhere), with much of the population near to starvation and dependent on ‘destitution meal’ from the Proprietor. The solution that presented itself was assisted and effectively compulsory emigration; here are the numbers fixed on for emigration from Uig in 1851.

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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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    Hi Ho Ro Tha Mi Duilich

    by  • 19 September 2010 • Bàrdachd, Emigration, Gàidhlig • 0 Comments

    This song of lament for the people and places of Uig was written by Donald Morrison, born 1858 to 3 Valtos, who left Uig in 1886 and settled in Winnipeg.  Donald had been involved in the land struggle in the early 1880s and tradition maintains that he had to leave as things were getting too [...]

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    The Last Man of Bereiro

    by  • 28 August 2010 • Emigration, Featured Notes, Genealogy • 1 Comment

    The Uig Landscape Project (Durham University) is looking at sites around Crowlista, including the old settlement of Bereiro at the head of Traigh na Sruban. The last inhabitant of Bereiro was Donald Matheson, born about 1794, who was a Hudson’s Bay man, returned to Uig, and emigrated again in 1834.

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    Christmas at Fort Pitt, 1884

    by  • 25 December 2009 • Emigration • 0 Comments

    Further to the previous item about WJ Maclean of Gisla, who was a Chief Trader with the Hudson’s Bay Company:  an account of the one Christmas he and his family spent at Fort Pitt before it was burned to the ground in April 1885.  This is from an article by W Bleasdell Cameron in The [...]

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    The Career of William Maclean

    by  • 23 December 2009 • Emigration, People • 2 Comments

    We’ve mentioned before the story of William “Big Bear” Maclean, who was born in Scaliscro in 1837 and, after his family moved to Gisla, went on to an eventful career with the Hudson’s Bay Company in Canada.  His HBC record has recently come to light (thanks to Donald Macaulay, Stornoway) and it gives much more [...]

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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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    The Departure of the Barlow, 1851

    by  • 2 September 2008 • Emigration, History, Land Issues • 2 Comments

    In 1851 several shiploads of emigrants left Lewis for Canada.  The arrival and departure of the Barlow was delayed for a month, causing desperation amongst the prospective emigrants, but she eventually sailed at the end of June from Loch Roag.  The following is from the Diary of John Munro Mackenzie, Chamberlain of the Lews. Wednesday [...]

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    Waiting for the Barlow

    by  • 29 August 2008 • Emigration, History, Land Issues • 0 Comments

    The Barlow sailed from Lewis in 1851 with 287 emigrants on board, one of several emigrant ships that year.  Like the Marquis of Stafford it carried people who had been removed from their land and offered paid passage to Canada by the proprietor, but unlike the Marquis, which sailed in May, the Barlow was delayed and in [...]

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    Donald Maciver and An Ataireachd Àrd

    by  • 10 August 2008 • Bàrdachd, Emigration, Gàidhlig • 7 Comments

    Donald Maciver was born in Crowlista in 1857, son of John Maciver, the Gaelic schoolmaster and missionary, and they lived in Ness and then South Lochs.  Donald also became a teacher, at Lemreway (see the school log), Breasclete and latterly Bayble. The family had come from Carnish, just across the sands, which had been cleared [...]

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    The Lewis Settlement in Bruce County

    by  • 10 August 2008 • Emigration, History • 0 Comments

    In 1851, at least six emigrant ships took Lewismen to Canada:  the Marquis of Stafford (500 passengers), the Barlow (287), the Wolfeville (69), the Prince George (203), the Islay (68) and the Urgent (370).  In 1852, the Blanche (453) and the Melissa (330) followed.  The first port of call after crossing the sea was usually [...]

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    The Lewis Colony in Duluth, Minnesota

    by  • 5 August 2008 • Emigration, History • 13 Comments

    A large number of Lewismen settled in Duluth, Minnesota in the 1870s and 1880s, many becoming prominent citizens in the town. The first was William L Maclennan (1834-1888), son of Donald Maclennan. This family seems to have originated in Kintail or Lochalsh; in 1841 Donald was a shepherd in Bunavoneadar, Harris, and soon thereafter became [...]

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