• Population of Uig, 1749, 1755 and 1792

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    Rev Norman Morrison, second minister at Uig, reported that his parish (incorporating Bernera) consists of 259 families and 1247 souls, of which 1053 were examinable persons.  He mentions that there are not eight who can read the scriptures and there are no schools or catechists.

    According Dr Webster’s first Scottish census, in 1755 the population of parish was 1312.

    In August of 1792, according to the Old Statiscal Account, there were 387 families in Uig, and 1898 souls:

    898 males
    1000 females
    314 under six years of age
    342 between 6 and 14
    990 between 14 and 60
    and 252 over 60.

    Of these, there were:

    275 netmakers
    299 kelpmakers
    26 weavers
    9 wrights
    7 tailors
    and 3 smiths

    There were 73 fishing boats and the following livestock:

    641 calves
    914 milk cows
    2007 cattle
    5004 sheep
    304 goats
    and 682 horses.

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