• Aerial Surveys of Viking Shipyards on Skye

    by  • 5 May 2011 • 0 Comments

    From the BBC, 5 May 2011: Aerial surveys are being carried out over Skye to help archaeologists investigate a 12th Century Viking shipbuilding site. Boat timbers, a stone-built quay and a canal have already been uncovered at Loch na h-Airde on Skye’s Rubh an Dunain peninsula. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments [...]

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    Iskair Macaulay ane Irish man

    by  • 27 March 2011 • 0 Comments

    The Macaulays of Lewis are generally held to be of Norse descent, from an eponymous Olafr.  Here’s Rev W Matheson on the subject, from his Families of Lewis series of the 1950s: Most West Highland clans have to go back some seven hundred years to find their eponymous ancestor.  If the Macaulays of Lewis conform [...]

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    Landing at the Flannans

    by  • 25 March 2011 • 0 Comments

    Martin Martin, in his Description of the Western Isles of Scotland (1695) gives an account of the use made of the Flannan Isles at the time and the superstitions that attended a visit: “The inhabitants of the adjacent lands of the Lewis, having a right to these islands, visit them once every summer, and there make a great purchase of fowls, eggs, down, feathers, and quills…”

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    Stornoway Coastguard campaign goes to Westminister

    by  • 18 March 2011 • 0 Comments

    Three members of the Safety First Campaign to save the Stornoway Coastguard station traveled to Westminster on Wednesday for a meeting at the Scotland Office and to lobby MPs in the Houses of Parliament. In the meeting with David Mundell, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, the campaign representatives, Carol Collins, Dave Macbeth and Martin [...]

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    Before the Dingwall Sheriff

    by  • 14 March 2011 • 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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    Dig to begin at royal Viking estate

    by  • 11 March 2011 • 0 Comments

    From Views and News from Norway, 10 March 2011: The largest archaeological project in Norway in nearly 10 years will begin in June to recover property of the Viking king Harald Hårfagre (alternatively known as “Harald Fairhair,” “Harald Finehair” or, simply, “Harald I”). He was, at any rate, the first king of Norway. Newspaper Aftenposten [...]

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    Peats of Fire Lighting the Way

    by  • 8 March 2011 • 0 Comments

    The Rev Angus Maciver was the son of Angus Maciver “An Ceistear” (the Catechist), born at Reef in 1799. The family lived at Tobson on Great Bernera from 1835 to 1853. This extract from The Life of a Lewis Catechist, published in the Stornoway Gazette in 1971-2, is Rev Maciver’s memory of meeting-house nights.

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    Visitors at Uig Lodge, 1897-98

    by  • 6 March 2011 • 0 Comments

    A fine collection of photographs from an 1897-98 album belonging to the family of William E Lawson, a London barrister who took Uig Lodge for those two seasons. The photos show Lawson with his dogs and other family entertainments, girls at the shieling, and the gamekeeper Roderick Mackenzie and his son Donald.

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    A New School for Mangersta

    by  • 1 March 2011 • 0 Comments

    There had evidently been a small school at Mangersta in the 1820s and in the neighbouring village of Carnish in the 1840s, but when both those townships were turned into farms there was no population requiring a school, until 1911.

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    Replica Viking ship to be built in Norway

    by  • 1 March 2011 • 1 Comment

    Volunteers are aiming to complete and sail a full-scale replica of Norway’s famed Oseberg ship, one of the best-preserved and most celebrated Viking relics in the world, later this year. The original Oseberg ship can be found in Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum. Builders hope the replica can be used at sea later this year. Enthusiasts working [...]

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    Bòrd na Gàidhlig appoints three new members

    by  • 22 February 2011 • 0 Comments

    From the Edinburgh Report, 22 February 2011: Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs, today announced the appointment of three new members, an extension of appointment for one member and the re-appointment to a second term for three members to Bòrd na Gàidhlig. The new members are: Elizabeth (Betty) McAtear is a native Gaelic [...]

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    Scalpay offered to its residents

    by  • 19 February 2011 • 0 Comments

    From the BBC, 17 February 2011: Residents of a Hebridean island have been offered it for free, it has emerged. Fred Taylor, who owns Scalpay, has written to all of the island’s 300-strong population, saying he is prepared to hand over the island, free of charge. In his letter, Mr Taylor said community land ownership [...]

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    FilmG winners announced and future secured

    by  • 19 February 2011 • 0 Comments

    FilmG, the Gaelic short film competition established in 2008 by the media company MG Alba to source new material for the Gaelic tv channel BBC Alba (coming to Freeview later this year), has been awarded a grant of £20,000 from the Scottish Government to secure its future. The winners of the third annual competition were [...]

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    Ceol ‘s Craic – the Gaelic Film Festival

    by  • 14 February 2011 • 0 Comments

    From Ealain Ghaidhlig, 10 February 2011: Glasgow Film Festival has teamed up with Glasgow arts organisation Ceol’s Craic for a second year running to programme Ceol’s Craic: Gaelic Film Festival, a celebration of Gaelic and other indigenous cultures from around the world, from 26 February. Witness an ancient tradition captured on film with the premiere [...]

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