• Land Issues

    Suileachan: the Reef Monument

    by  • 26 January 2012 • Land Issues, News & Events • 1 Comment

    sketch crop

    Work is underway in Reef on a new commemorative landmark commissioned by the Bhaltos Community Trust to mark the impact of land reform in Uig and throughout the island. The monument has been designed by Will Maclean and Marion Leven, who also created those at Pairc, Aignish and Gress.

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    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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    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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    The Airigh Trail, again

    by  • 19 May 2010 • CEU, Entertainments, Land Issues • 1 Comment

    It’s time to revive the Airigh Trail, and organise some sheiling walks. We should really do an epic walk to the remote ones, as the Comann Eachdraidh did, with Finlay as guide, some years ago. The pictures are from then. Suggestions regarding this year’s walks are welcome in the comments, or leave your name if [...]

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    Lot 18: Uig Crofters

    by  • 12 May 2010 • History, Land Issues, Sporting Estates • 1 Comment

    [singlepic=1120,243] In 1923, Lord Leverhulme began to dispose of his Lewis estates, first offering to give the island to its inhabitants.  Stornoway Town Council and Stornoway Trust accepted Lews Castle and the crofts around the town, but Lewis District Council feared that on the sporting and crofting estates the expenditure exceeded the income, and declined [...]

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    On the Lewis-Harris Boundary

    by  • 10 April 2010 • Land Issues • 0 Comments

    [singlepic=894,380] From West Over Sea (1953) by DDC Pochin Mould. Near the sheep fank on the flank of Benisval there is, so they tell me, a stone commemorating the visit of Lord Campbell, Lord Chief Justice in the 1850s. When I splashed through the Kinloch Resort river, I crossed from Harris into Lewis, and it [...]

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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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    Scramble for Rural Houses (1949)

    by  • 28 June 2009 • History, Land Issues • 0 Comments

    “The wanderlust of the Uigeach”, from the Stornoway Gazette, 30 December 1949. Swedish timber houses allocated to West Uig are not to be built there. Owing to the depopulation of the district there is very little chance of finding tenants. When this news was given to the Lewis District Council by the chairman, Councillor John [...]

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    The Uig Quiz

    by  • 28 February 2009 • CEU, Entertainments, History, Land Issues, Video • 2 Comments

    At the Uig Celebration dinner and ceilidh on Friday, there was an Uig quiz, compiled by Teen Anne Murray. Twenty questions; this site may help you with some of them but for most, you’re on your own.  Answers in the comments please. 1. Name the oldest and youngest people currently resident in Uig. 2. Recent [...]

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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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    Donald Òg Macaulay of Brenish, Part I

    by  • 19 January 2009 • Gàidhlig, History, Land Issues, Military & Police, Tales & Traditions • 0 Comments

    Donald Òg was the younger of two sons called Donald, born to Dugald Macaulay, tacksman of Brenish, in the late 17th century; he was the great-grandson of Domhnall Càm. Rev William Matheson’s columns on the Macaulays, published in the Gazette in the 1950s, include several stories about Donald Òg drawn from the Morrison manuscripts.  He [...]

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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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