• WWII

    Stores for the FP Manse, 1939

    by  • 1 February 2011 • Health & Food, Life in Uig, WWII • 0 Comments

    receipt from Cyril Goodge (petrol and provisions at Miavaig) for the Free Presbyterian Manse, date 13 September 1939 – the day after the induction of Rev John Angus Macdonald as FP minister in Uig, so presumably he is setting out his kitchen. It’s also just a few days after the start of the war. Rationing began in January 1940.

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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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    Hogmanay in the Capital, 1943

    by  • 1 January 2010 • Entertainments, WWII • 1 Comment

    The pressmen get their snaps – Lewisfolk provide a little colour Stornoway Gazette, 21 Jan 1944 American press photographers visited the vicinity of St Pauls on Hogmanay to pick up a few colourful pictures of New Year celebrations in London. A group of Lewisfolk gave them their best ‘shots’ of the evening when Pipers Findlater [...]

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    Air raid warning!

    by  • 19 November 2009 • Crofting, Life in Uig, WWII • 0 Comments

    Stornoway Gazette, 6 October 1939 West Uig, along with other parts of the Island, has contributed its quota to the fighting forces, both army and navy.  Being on the Atlantic Seaboard, much interest is taken in all surface craft observed, and much speculation as to their intentions is rife.  More interest, however, is taken in [...]

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    Wartime Wedding Telegrams

    by  • 25 October 2009 • Entertainments, Life in Uig, WWII • 0 Comments

    For next year, Uig Museum will be mounting a display of wedding and christening objects, and we’re very keen to collect any items, stories, photographs and archives connected with these events in Uig over the years.  Naturally we don’t need to take ownership of them, unless you’d like to give them a safe home – [...]

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    British Summer Time and Census Night

    by  • 29 March 2009 • History, WWI, WWII • 0 Comments

    The clocks went forward this morning.  In case you missed them previously, we have two short pieces here on the first use of BST in Uig in 1917, and from a 1965 article looking back to the continuing disagreements over it in 1925 and during WW2. Readers in Lewis and Harris, please remember tonight is [...]

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