• Life in Uig

    Roadless Communities

    by  • 3 June 2009 • Health & Food, History, Life in Uig • 0 Comments

    Another bit from DDC Pochin Mould’s West Over Sea, published in 1953; at the time even quite substantial and central townships like Geshader were just getting their proper roads. Crossing the moor between Loch Raonasgail and the yellow road by the sea at Uig, I had plenty of opportunity to consider living without roads.  Probably […]

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    The Uig POs and their Postmarks

    by  • 15 May 2009 • History, Life in Uig • 0 Comments

    From Islands Postal History Series, No 3: Lewis, by James A Mackay.  Published by the author, 1978. Miavaig The Gaelic name Miabhaig is derived from an earlier Norse name whose vik ending signified a bay – in this case one of the many inlets of West Loch Roag on the west coast of Lewis. A […]

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    19th Century Food

    by  • 16 April 2009 • Health & Food, History, Life in Uig • 0 Comments

    From Lewsiana, by W Anderson Smith (J&R Parlane, Paisley 1874-1886). Let us first consider in detail the domestic arrangements in the hands of the women, and trace in order the results of their industry, which is untiring, if not always regulated to the best advantage. As soon as the family is astir in the morning, […]

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    The Postman Retires

    by  • 11 April 2009 • Life in Uig, People • 0 Comments

    [singlepic=614,332] Calum Macaskill (Calum Iain ‘ic Asgaill) was a postman and lived at Luachair. Latterly he would walk into Morsgail every day, take a cup of tea there, collect the mails which had come in from Kinloch, and return to Luachair. John Macdonald of Ard Bheag would come to Luachair every other day to get […]

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    by  • 3 April 2009 • Life in Uig • 1 Comment

    [singlepic=612,327] Taken this afternoon from Ganstotl on Loch Roag (back of Geshader), looking to Eilean Garbh and Cliatasaigh (left), with Bernera in the distance.  It was blowing a bit.

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    Side Schools in Uig II: Morsgail, Scaliscro and Linshader

    by  • 30 March 2009 • Education, Life in Uig • 1 Comment

    More about Uig side schools, the small schools provided for a minimum of three pupils in remote parts.  From research undertaken by Maggie Smith for Hebridean Connections and the Stornoway Gazette; see also Part I and Part III. Lily Macdonald (Lilidh Mhorsgail), born 1918, whose father Finlay Ferguson worked as under-keeper in Kinresort and then […]

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    Enterprise of Four Uigeachs

    by  • 29 March 2009 • Fishing, Life in Uig • 1 Comment

    Stornoway Gazette, 30 December 1949. It is many years since there was a fishing boat of any size in Uig but four Uigeachs arrived in Stornoway on Tuesday of last week with a 45-foot motor-boat which they have purchased in Inverness. The boat will take her new name from the initials of the four owners […]

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    by  • 6 February 2009 • Life in Uig, Weather • 0 Comments

    [singlepic=441,325] Suainebhal, taken this afternoon (6 Feb).  We’re getting a dusting of snow and hail but it’s not lying, except on the tops [update:  now it is].  It is as cold as it looks.  Here’s one of the hailstorms incoming.

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    The Gathering

    by  • 12 November 2008 • Crofting, History, Life in Uig, Wool & Weaving • 1 Comment

    This account of the gathering of the sheep into the Gisla fank for the clipping was written by David Henderson and first published in the Scots Magazine in August 1995.  These large-scale community gatherings are now, sadly, a thing of the past.  There are more pictures in the gallery, and of the fank at Loch […]

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    by  • 6 October 2008 • Education, Life in Uig • 0 Comments

    A circular issued by the County Council of Ross and Cromarty Education Committee to all schools, on 15 June 1955.  Our copy comes from Mangersta School. Dear Sir Temperance It has for some time been felt that, while the policy and practice of the Education Authority as regards Temperance are generally known and appreciated, it […]

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