• Genealogy

    Old Mangersta

    by  • 13 January 2012 • Crofting, Genealogy, Land Issues • 2 Comments

    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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    Iskair Macaulay ane Irish man

    by  • 27 March 2011 • Genealogy, People • 0 Comments

    The Macaulays of Lewis are generally held to be of Norse descent, from an eponymous Olafr.  Here’s Rev W Matheson on the subject, from his Families of Lewis series of the 1950s: Most West Highland clans have to go back some seven hundred years to find their eponymous ancestor.  If the Macaulays of Lewis conform […]

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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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    The Macaulay Resistence

    by  • 15 March 2010 • Genealogy, Tales & Traditions • 0 Comments

    The Rev William Matheson, “Mac Gille Chaluim” and the pre-eminent Island genealogist of his day, gives the following account of the Macaulays resistence to, and eventually tentative alliance with, the Mackenzies who took ownership of the Isle of Lewis in 1610, after the decline of the ruling Macleods and the failed attempt at colonisation by […]

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    The History of the Mackenzies

    by  • 28 January 2009 • Bibliography, Genealogy • 2 Comments

    Alexander Mackenzie published his comprehensive genealogical History of the Mackenzies in 1879 and reissued it in 1894 with a considerable number of additions.  The text of the second edition, in its entirety, is available in various places online including from the link below.  It becomes especially relevant to Lewis on p150 with the arrival of […]

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    Calum Mòr’s Family

    by  • 10 September 2008 • Genealogy, History, Tales & Traditions • 0 Comments

    William Matheson, Mac Gille Chaluim, wrote extensively of his own family in Uig: Malcolm Matheson [a younger son of Donald Ruadh (or Ban) Matheson, of Kneep and Valtos] known as Calum Ruadh or Calum Mòr, was tenant in Carnish when John Nicolson was tacksman.  In his time the population of the townlands of Uig was […]

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    Martins of Uig

    by  • 7 September 2008 • Genealogy, History • 0 Comments

    There have been very few Martins in Uig over the last two hundred years, but Martins in other parts of Lewis and Harris can trace their line back to the district. Lewis Maciver, Tacksman of Gress, was in Uig on business when he came across a poor widow and her three children.  Her husband and […]

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    Families of Lewis by Mac Gille Chaluim

    by  • 8 August 2008 • Bibliography, Genealogy • 0 Comments

    A series of articles published in the Stornoway Gazette in the 1950s and 60s by “Mac Gille Chaluim”, Rev William Matheson who came from the West Side and lived latterly in Edinburgh.  He conducted extensive research into original manuscripts and estate records and collected oral traditions for many years, testing the validity of the traditional tales against […]

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    The Macleods of Pabbay and a Mealista Connection

    by  • 7 August 2008 • Genealogy • 1 Comment

    From Gerard Lemmens, who, with his wife, Gillian Lesley Lemmens nee Macleod (great grand daughter of Rev George Macleod of Garrabost), is writing a book about her aunt, entitled “Anna Macleod – from Daughter of the Manse to Professor of Brewing”. Gerard is interested in the genealogy of the Macleods of Pabbay (see also his […]

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    Letter on the Origin of Iain Dubh Chraidhig

    by  • 3 August 2008 • Genealogy • 0 Comments

    From the Stornoway Gazette, 1959, pertaining to Rev William Matheson’s article on the origin of the Smiths of Uig: Sir, — In the first of his three most interesting articles on the genealogy of the Smiths, Mac Gille Chaluim writes of Iain Dubh Chraidhig.  “This last word must be a place0name but unfortunately we cannot […]

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    Origins of the Smiths

    by  • 3 August 2008 • Genealogy, History, Tales & Traditions • 0 Comments

    From Rev William Matheson (Mac Gille Chaluim), Families of Lewis (1959) in the Stornoway Gazette.  Rev Matheson begins by explaining how he reckons the Smiths of Earshader (from whom are descended the Smiths of Strome, Valtos, Laxay and Keose) were Morrisons sometimes known as Mackinnons, before they acquired the surname Smith in English.   He continues: If we […]

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    More Macaulays of Uig

    by  • 30 July 2008 • Genealogy, History • 0 Comments

    Letter to the Gazette, 5 May 1921: Sir – I observed in your columns the other week an interesting article re the origin of the Clan Macaulay and Lord Macaulay’s ancestors. We have no definite historical proof that the Macaulays are of a Scandinavian origin. The name Macaulay is admittedly pure Norse, also their appearance […]

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