• History

    Vuia Mhòr

    by  • 12 January 2010 • History • 0 Comments

    [singlepic=1051,811] Crofters taking fleeces off Vuia, c1990 (photographer unknown – perhaps Iain Macdonald?) The island of Vuia Mhor lies between Uig and Great Bernera, east of Reef, and covers an area of 84 hectares. The highest point is Mullach na Beinne (67m) which falls away to the sea at Creag na h-Iolaire (Eagle Cliff). Much […]

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    Snow in Uig

    by  • 29 December 2009 • History, Weather • 0 Comments

    We’ve had a lot of snow in Uig lately, but nothing as bad as this report from the Stornoway Gazette, 2 February 1945: Snowstorm in Lewis Traffic still disorganised Throughout last week traffic by road in Lewis was still disorganised by the snow. The fall has been one of the heaviest within living memory, and […]

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    Provisions for St Kilda, and the Austrian shipwreck

    by  • 5 December 2009 • Fishing, Health & Food, History, Weather • 0 Comments

    Winter was always a difficult time for the inhabitants of St Kilda, but the winter of 1876-77 was unusual.  From the Transactions of the Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, 1878: When the factor, Mr M’Kenzie, with MacLeod’s vessel, did not put in an appearance in autumn last year [1876], as usual, the inhabitants at […]

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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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    by  • 12 November 2009 • History • 0 Comments

    Tonight (Thursday) There will be a piece about the St  Kilda centre, including an interview filmed at Mangersta, on the STV News at 6pm. Saturday 14 November Fish & Chip Takeaway from Uig Hall. Place your orders at the shop now. Friday 13, 20 and 27 November Ceilidh dancing practice in the hall with Tomally […]

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    DVD: Clann Nighean Uig

    by  • 29 September 2009 • CEU, Gàidhlig, History • 0 Comments

    Maggie Smith and John Murdo Macdonald have recently produced a DVD of songs of Uig, an excellent record for which the Comann Eachdraidh is grateful.  The DVD can be purchased for £10 plus postage from Maggie on 01851 860204. Traditional singers Pèigi Oighrig Smith of Kneep and Agnes Fraser originally from Reef, sing songs from […]

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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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    Uig Shortlisted for the St Kilda Centre

    by  • 11 September 2009 • History • 3 Comments

    Uig has been bidding for consideration as the site of the proposed St Kilda Centre, and we’re pleased to hear that Mangersta in Uig is one of the shortlisted sites, along with Leverburgh in Harris and Cleitreabhal in North Uist. This press release outlined Uig’s vision for the Centre. The Uig area of Lewis is […]

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    Scouting in Uig

    by  • 11 September 2009 • History • 1 Comment

    Pictures also viewable here if the slideshow doesn’t work for you. [slideshow=43] Thanks to Iain Watson for these pictures and his memories of scout camps in Uig. The pictures were all collected by Don Laing, who used to be a Scout Leader in Stornoway for many years from the early 60’s until he died in […]

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    The Hiort Mail Boat Arrives in Uig, 1885

    by  • 30 August 2009 • Health & Food, History • 2 Comments

    As Hiort Weekend continues, here’s a piece contributed by Alasdair Shearer (Aird/Australia) from the Celtic Magazine.  The BBC programme An t-Hiortach, about the last surviving evacuee Norman Gillies and his return visit to the island, is available on the iPlayer now (UK only and until 5 Sept), and for those who get BBC Alba, there […]

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    Constructional Scheme No.34: The Gisla Hydro Scheme

    by  • 26 August 2009 • History • 0 Comments

    [singlepic=911,873] This map comes from the 1954 North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board document proposing the construction of the Gisla hydro scheme, which was indeed built a few years later.  The document outlines the scheme: The Scheme prescribes the works necessary for the utilisation of the waters of the Gisla River and its tributaries, the waters […]

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    Ardbheag and Lochresort

    by  • 18 August 2009 • History • 0 Comments

    Pictures from the Comann Eachdraidh outing to Hamnaway, Ardbheag, Loch Tealasaigh and Loch Resort on 13 August, with Seatrek and Donald. A splendid day, though we didn’t get ashore at Kinlochresort, so we’ll walk out from Morsgail or Harris (or both, swapping keys) before the end of the season. More pictures and detail will follow, […]

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    by  • 17 August 2009 • History • 0 Comments

    Uig Community Centre Association invite you to a BUFFET & CEILIDH with ANNA FRASER & FRIENDS Friday 21 August at 7.30pm at Uig Community Centre Adults £12, Under-16s £6, Under-5s free

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    by  • 5 August 2009 • Archaeology, Artefacts, History, Life in Uig • 0 Comments

    [singlepic=863,385] A stone mould for a crusie, an oil lamp of ancient design once in common use throughout the Hebrides.This mould, of unknown provenance, is in our museum collection but unfortunately we don’t have a crusie itself, much as we would love to.  (This piece is the first in an occasional series on objects in […]

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