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    HMS Carmania

    by  • 7 June 2011 • Military & Police, WWI • 1 Comment

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    A photo of Lewis crew aboard HMS Carmania, which engaged and sank the German ship Cap Trafalgar off Brazil in 1914. The only Uig man known to have served on the Carmania was Donald Macritchie, 7 Aird.

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    Before the Dingwall Sheriff

    by  • 14 March 2011 • Life in Uig, Military & Police • 0 Comments

    George Gillies, residing at Grista [Erista], and John Maclean, residing at Fimisgarry [Timsgarry], in the parish of Uig and Island of Lewis, accused of having broken into the parish church of Uig, and stolen therefrom a waterproof coat, some carpenters’ tools, and a pane of glass, pleaded not guilty.

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    A Little Extra Hardship in Groningen

    by  • 23 August 2010 • Military & Police, WWI • 0 Comments

    Further to the story about the Naval Division men interned in Groningen at the very beginning of the Great War, here’s a note from the Ness news in the Gazette (date unknown at present but about 1917) about the poor rate of exchange they were getting on remittances from home. As previously mentioned, the internees, [...]

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    Five Sons at Sea

    by  • 7 June 2010 • Featured Notes, Military & Police, WWII • 0 Comments

    [singlepic=1136,380] During the Second World War, five Macdonald brothers from the village of Valtos, Uig, Isle of Lewis, served at sea. The five sailors were sons of Donald and Christina Macdonald 22 Valtos. Their mother Christina (nee Maciver), formerly of 25 Valtos, had lost two brothers in the first World War. Norman Maciver serving on [...]

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    An Iolaire Survivor

    by  • 8 November 2009 • Military & Police, WWI • 1 Comment

    [singlepic=969,382] Translated from an interview with An Geal, John Maclennan, born 1896 at 15 Kneep and married at 4 Aird, Uig. The Admiralty ship the Iolaire taking servicemen home to Lewis grounded on the Beasts of Holm outside Stornoway, on the 1st of January 1919. More than two hundred men perished. Translated by Maggie Smith. [...]

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    Calum Olach in Java

    by  • 20 September 2009 • Military & Police, Old Soldiers, Tales & Traditions • 1 Comment

    The following comes from the Spring 1987 edition of Sanais, the Comann Eachdraidh’s quarterly publication under the editorship of Anna Mackinnon.  There are many tales about the Old Soldiers of Uig and this is another about the doughty Calum Olach of Valtos, serving with the Seaforth Highlanders as one of the Saighdeirean Mac a’Mhinisteir.  They [...]

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    The Seaforth Regimental Toast

    by  • 4 April 2009 • Military & Police • 0 Comments

    The Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs) have been the regiment of choice (or obligation, sometimes) for Lewismen since 1772. Deoch slàinte na Cabar Feidh ceud Feachd MacCoinnich! Tir nam beann, na gleann, ‘s nan gaisgeach Far am faigh ‘an t’eun fionn ‘S far am faigh am fiadh fasgadh; Cho fada ‘s bhitheas ceo mu beann ‘S [...]

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    Seaforth Goes After his Deserters

    by  • 27 March 2009 • Military & Police, Old Soldiers • 0 Comments

    From the appendices of the Historical Record of the 72nd Highlanders, Vol. 2.  I’m not aware of a particular Uig aspect to this issue, though there are tales of deserters here.  Alexander Gillanders was the son of George Gillanders, Chamberlain of the Lews, and succeeded his father in that role (about 1790?); and Seaforth was [...]

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    The Death of Hector Maclean

    by  • 18 March 2009 • Military & Police, People • 0 Comments

    Hector Maclean, who wrote to his sister Annie (Nurse Ruadh) from the Transvaal in 1902, died of enteric fever five months later.  From the Highland News (?), 1903: Sad Death of a Young Man.  Information has been received at Crowlista, Uig, from Heidleberg, South Africa, of the death from enteric fever of Hector Maclean, a [...]

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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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