• Posts Tagged ‘ardbheag’

    On the Lewis-Harris Boundary

    by  • 10 April 2010 • Land Issues • 0 Comments

    [singlepic=894,380] From West Over Sea (1953) by DDC Pochin Mould. Near the sheep fank on the flank of Benisval there is, so they tell me, a stone commemorating the visit of Lord Campbell, Lord Chief Justice in the 1850s. When I splashed through the Kinloch Resort river, I crossed from Harris into Lewis, and it [...]

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    The French Boy at Tealasbhaigh

    by  • 18 August 2009 • Chessmen, Tales & Traditions • 0 Comments

    [singlepic=907,291] From DDC Pochin Mould’s West over Sea, another telling of the familiar story of the ship’s boy who was murdered for the Lewis Chessmen by an Uig gillie.  The story as told by Rev Col AJ Mackenzie, brother of Roderick Mackenzie, the keeper mentioned below, is also given by Dolly Doctor in his Tales [...]

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    Roadless Communities

    by  • 3 June 2009 • Health & Food, History, Life in Uig • 0 Comments

    Another bit from DDC Pochin Mould’s West Over Sea, published in 1953; at the time even quite substantial and central townships like Geshader were just getting their proper roads. Crossing the moor between Loch Raonasgail and the yellow road by the sea at Uig, I had plenty of opportunity to consider living without roads.  Probably [...]

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    Side Schools in Uig I: Ardbheag

    by  • 20 March 2009 • Education • 1 Comment

    From research undertaken by Maggie Smith for Hebridean Connections and the Stornoway Gazette.  See also Part II and Part III. After the Education Act of 1872, children throughout the country were entitled to an education, and a side school could be provided in remote districts where there were at least three children; a single junior [...]

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    Calum Mòr’s Family

    by  • 10 September 2008 • Genealogy, History, Tales & Traditions • 0 Comments

    William Matheson, Mac Gille Chaluim, wrote extensively of his own family in Uig: Malcolm Matheson [a younger son of Donald Ruadh (or Ban) Matheson, of Kneep and Valtos] known as Calum Ruadh or Calum Mòr, was tenant in Carnish when John Nicolson was tacksman.  In his time the population of the townlands of Uig was [...]

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    Mac an t-Sronaich’s First Murder

    by  • 6 August 2008 • Tales & Traditions • 3 Comments

    This version of the story comes from the CE Uig annals but we haven’t (yet) identified who the storyteller is. Now, another story I heard from an old minister in Ullapool about Mac an t-Sronaich.  We’re in Ullapool, 30 miles away from Garve where Mac an t-Sronaich came from originally.  Stronach is a common name on [...]

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