• Old Soldiers

    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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    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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    Recruitment in 1793

    by  • 30 July 2008 • History, Old Soldiers • 0 Comments

    From a manuscript by (as far as I can make out) Rev Col AJ Mackenzie, son of Roderick Mackenzie, gamekeeper at Luachair and Uig Lodge.  According to tradition, men were compelled to join the army when Seaforth was raising the 78th Seaforth Highlanders in 1793.  When he arrived in Lewis, the men of Uig took […]

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