• The State of Weaving in 1900

    by  • 25 August 2011 • 1 Comment


    The Congested Districts Board established a Lewis committee, and this is their 1900 report on the state of, and proposed improvements to, the tweed industry. Note a couple of references to Uig, which was obviously considered particularly ‘deserving’.

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    Improvements at Kinlochroag

    by  • 23 August 2011 • 1 Comment

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    The B8011 at the Kinlochroag bridge is currently being resurfaced, which we’re all very pleased about. The two-span bridge over the water at the head of Little Loch Roag and re-routing of the road was done in 1995-96, as this souvenir guide attests.

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    Berserker Seeks New Home

    by  • 13 August 2011 • 0 Comments


    The Uig Chessmen, found here on Traigh Uig in 1831, are returning to Uig for a single day on 13 September 2011. To mark the occasion, Uig Community Centre and the Comann Eachdraidh are raffling a Berserker.

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    The 2011-2012 Committee

    by  • 4 August 2011 • 0 Comments

    The Comann Eachdraigh Uig AGM was held last week in the community centre, with tea and cakes and a slide show, at which our chairman John Maciver paid tribute to our late, great friend Finlay Maciver, whose many contributions will be cherished, and whose presence will be sorely missed.  A brief report on the year’s [...]

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    The Valtos Centre Badge

    by  • 3 August 2011 • 0 Comments


    The Valtos Centre, based in the old Valtos School from shortly after it was closed, was first used in 1972 and developed over a couple of years until a visit there became a major fixture in the educational calendar for island pupils, and for scout groups and the like from further afield.

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    Hens of 1908

    by  • 23 July 2011 • 0 Comments

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    The Congested Districts Board took an interest in poultry farming in the crofting parishes and in 1908 a Commission proceeded around Scotland taking evidence from many involved in the trade. On 22 July of that year they were in Uig, interviewing Mr & Mrs Duncan Maclean of Gisla Farm.

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    Viking women invaders

    by  • 22 July 2011 • 0 Comments

    From USA Today, 20 July 2011: Viking women may have equaled men moving to England in medieval invasions, suggests a look at ancient burials. Vikings famously invaded Eastern England around 900 A.D., notes Shane McLeod of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Western Australia in the Early Medieval Europe [...]

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    Stornoway Coastguard saved amid mixed feelings

    by  • 15 July 2011 • 0 Comments

    Coastguard campaigners in Stornoway have greeted today’s announcement on the MCA consultation with mixed feelings. They welcome the retention of both the Stornoway and Shetland Coastguard stations on a 24 hour basis, something that the campaign has been fighting for since December 2010. They also welcomed that areas of concern such as local knowledge, language, [...]

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    Gaelic media reports ‘unfair’ says Aberdeen professor

    by  • 13 July 2011 • 0 Comments

    From the BBC, 13 July 2011: A language professor has said some sections of the Scottish media’s coverage of Gaelic has gone beyond fair comment and good taste. Prof Kenneth MacKinnon, of the University of Aberdeen, studied newspaper clippings for a year. He said on occasions reporting on public spending on Gaelic degenerated into inaccuracy, [...]

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    The Viking craze for tooth-filing

    by  • 11 July 2011 • 0 Comments

    From The Guardian, 11 July 2011: Teeth with neat parallel grooves have been found in Viking graves in Sweden, Denmark and England, and farther afield. Filed Viking teeth are piling up. Caroline Arcini, an osteologist at the archaeology department of the Swedish National Heritage Board, was fascinated to learn from Oxford Archaeology of the men [...]

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    HMS Carmania

    by  • 7 June 2011 • 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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    A Party on Pabbay, 1947

    by  • 4 June 2011 • 0 Comments

    [singlepic id=1325 w=610] Back: 1. Sandy Morrison Balallan? 2. 3. 4. Molly Morrison from Bragad, teacher at Valtos School, married to Sandy Morrison Balallan 5. Molly’s sister? 6. Norman Buchanan 8 Valtos 7. Peggy Buchanan (ms Newall) 6 Kneep 8. Shonnie Buchanan 8 Valtos? 9. Middle: 10. Donald Murdo Buchanan 8 Valtos 11. 12. Isobel [...]

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    Amhran Lord Lever, le Domhnall Donn

    by  • 4 June 2011 • 0 Comments

    Chaidh an amhran seo a dhèanamh an deidh a Chogaidh mhòir an uair a thoisich iad a’briseadh sios nam bàiltean ùra. Bha Domhnall Donn, mar a bha a’ chuid mhòr an Uig, airson Lever agus a’ smaoineachadh gu robh e dèanamh ceart agus a’ toirt obair dhan an eilean.

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    The Esra Bell

    by  • 2 June 2011 • 0 Comments

    The Esra Bell

    A new addition to the museum this month is the bell from the shipwrecked Esra, kindly loaned by John Murdo Mackay, 1 Carishader. The bell was used at Buth Iain Uisdean, his grandfather’s shop.

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