• Long Sermons and Sharp Pen-Knives, and Baile na Cille Notes

    by  • 9 September 2011 • Church, History • 0 Comments

    Baile na Cille Church is in private ownership now and renovation work will start fairly soon, but with the public opening as part of Doors Open Days (see also other events in Scotland) we’ve had an opportunity to explore the building in some detail.  One of the most personal touches is the large variety of names and initials carved on the pews by (mostly) boys. Here’s a selection.

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    Meanwhile if you’d like to catch up on some Baile na Cille history, here are some notes we’ve carried before:

    Ministers in Uig

    Baile na Cille Cemetery

    Parish of Uig in 1749

    The Old Statistical Report 1796

    The New Statistical Account 1833

    The Viking Princess and the Seeing Stone

    John Munro and the Saighdeirean Mac a’ Mhinisteir

    Macgillivray’s Visit to the Old Baile na Cille Church, 1817

    The Minister We Never Had

    Darkness in Uig

    A Rebuking in 1825

    The Bequest of the Bell, 1829

    Letters from Alexander Macleodbefore and after his time in Uig

    David Watson and his Boundary Dispute

    The Kirk Session Wonders Where the Money Went, 1866

    Emily Goes to Church, 1919

    Aonghas nam Beann

    Upright in Uig

    The Reverends Norman Morrison

    Rev MacFarlane’s 25th Anniversary

    Thanks to the kindness of the new owners, Brian and Miranda Gayton, the church was open to visitors for two days in September 2011, including on  Latha na Fir-Taileisg when some of the Chessmen came home.



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