• Posts Tagged ‘breanish’

    Spring Cleaning in 1851

    by  • 9 January 2012 • Emigration, Land Issues • 0 Comments

    Ruins at Carnish

    The late 1840s were years of desperation in Lewis (as elsewhere), with much of the population near to starvation and dependent on ‘destitution meal’ from the Proprietor. The solution that presented itself was assisted and effectively compulsory emigration; here are the numbers fixed on for emigration from Uig in 1851.

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    Spring Cleaning in 1851

    by  • 9 January 2012 •  • 2 Comments

    The late 1840s were years of desperation in Lewis (as elsewhere), with much of the population near to starvation and dependent on ‘destitution meal’ from the Proprietor, Sir James Matheson, who according to the Poor Law Act of 1845 was obliged to do something about his famished tenants. Weakened, overcrowded and in many cases without [...]

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    Breanish Valuation Roll 1855-60

    by  • 1 September 2011 •  • 0 Comments

    The following list from the Lews estate papers gives the roll of tenants in Breanish in the years 1855 to 1860 and the annual rent they paid.  It may be assumed that where no figure is given, the previous year’s rate applies. No croft numbers are given; and this list does not represent every family [...]

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    Breanish Stocklist 1824

    by  • 1 September 2011 •  • 0 Comments

    This list, from the Seaforth estate records, was issued in the notice of sale of part of th eLewis Estate by Mrs Stewart Mackenzie of Seaforth (Lady Hood) in 1824. Compare to the tenancy and arrears list for that year. The numbers do not refer to modern croft numbers. Breanish Stocklist 1824   Tenant Cattle [...]

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    Breanish Births 1824-43

    by  • 1 September 2011 •  • 0 Comments

    The following Breanish births were registered in the Old Parish Register for the Parish of Uig. Birthdates may be actual, or dates of baptism, or mis-remembered dates of birth recorded a year or more later when the child was baptised; some of these below cannot possibly be actual birthdates for children of the same family. [...]

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    Breanish Education List 1819

    by  • 28 August 2011 •  • 0 Comments

    In 1819 a census was taken by James Chapman, enumerating the heads of families and number of educated and uneducated people over the age of 12 in each family.  A list of uneducated children in each village was also produced. These 1819 lists are the nearest we have to a full census for that period and [...]

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    Breanish Tenants 1807

    by  • 13 August 2011 •  • 0 Comments

    This list from the Seaforth Estate papers shows the tenants in Breanish in possession of crofts in 1807, and their (perfectly uniform) annual rents. The bare rent for each is in fact £ 3.12.6, with supplementary charges for the school salary (6d), keeping hens (5d) and the doctor’s salary (6d), giving a total per year [...]

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    Breanish Lotting 1849-50

    by  • 13 August 2011 •  • 0 Comments

    The following shows the tenants to whom Breanish was assigned, when it was relotted in 1849-50. A few new crofts were created. No. Tenant New Rent Old Rent Remarks 1 Angus Morrison £ 2.10.0 £ 3.0.0 Improveable; south end of township 2 Ann Macaulay £ 3.4.0 £ 3.10.0   3 Kenneth Maclean £ 3.14.0 £ [...]

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    Breanish Tenants 1891

    by  • 13 August 2011 •  • 0 Comments

    The following is a list of the crofting tenants in Breanish in 1891. It was at that point that congestion in the village was at its worst, so this doesn’t represent all the heads of households: there were many cottars (landless families sharing crofts with family members). No. Tenant 1 Wd Effie Maclean 2 Malcolm [...]

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    Breanish Marriages, 1824-1834

    by  • 13 August 2011 •  • 0 Comments

    The following marriages, all involving at least one Breanish family, are extracted from the Old Parish Register of the Established Church in Uig. Not all marriages were registered and the date may refer to the calling of banns, rather than an actual wedding. Angus Gillies son of John Gillies and Janet Macritchie at Breanish, to [...]

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    Breanish Tenants 1867

    by  • 19 September 2010 •  • 0 Comments

    Tenants at Breanish from Estate papers, 1867. #27 does not appear on the list. No. Tenant Rent 1 Wd Mary Morison £ 3.2.0 2 Ann Macaulay £ 3.11.0 3 Kenneth Maclean £ 4.6.0 4 Ann Mackay £ 2.15.0 5 Angus Macdonald £ 3.0.0 6 Malcolm Buchanan Sen. £ 4.8.0 7 John Macleod £ 4.6.0 8 [...]

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    Breanish Rents & Arrears 1824

    by  • 5 March 2011 •  • 0 Comments

    Breanish tenants with their rents and accumulated arrears in 1824; from Seaforth papers. Tenant Rent Arrears Finlay Macleod 2nd £ 4.4.10½ £ 6.10.3 Donald Macleod Sr £ 4.4.10½ £ 12.8.8½ Finlay Macleod 1st £ 8.6.9 £ 25.3.5½ Catherine Buchanan £ 4.3.4½ £ 9.11.10½ Murdo Macaulay £ 4.3.4½ £ 13.8.11½ John Mackay £ 8.6.9 £ 14.11.5 [...]

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    Breanish | Breanais

    by  • 22 July 2010 •  • 0 Comments

    Breanish is a large village near the end of the Uig road – since the clearance of Mealista in 1838, it has been the last inhabited village in the district.  It was never cleared, and in fact absorbed some of the population of Mealista when that township became a farm.  It suffered terribly from overcrowding [...]

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    Sandy and Mary, 1959

    by  • 6 May 2010 • Archive photos, Life in Uig, People • 0 Comments

    [singlepic=1119,827] From the Stornoway Gazette supplement, 18 December 1959. Wedding bells have been ringing in Mangersta for the past year. Cupid started at one end of the village leaving a spate of marriages in his trail. The most recent of these was solemnised in the East Church, Inverness, on the 10th November when Mary Morrison, [...]

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    The Macaulay Resistence

    by  • 15 March 2010 • Genealogy, Tales & Traditions • 0 Comments

    The Rev William Matheson, “Mac Gille Chaluim” and the pre-eminent Island genealogist of his day, gives the following account of the Macaulays resistence to, and eventually tentative alliance with, the Mackenzies who took ownership of the Isle of Lewis in 1610, after the decline of the ruling Macleods and the failed attempt at colonisation by [...]

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    An Iolaire Survivor

    by  • 8 November 2009 • Military & Police, WWI • 1 Comment

    [singlepic=969,382] Translated from an interview with An Geal, John Maclennan, born 1896 at 15 Kneep and married at 4 Aird, Uig. The Admiralty ship the Iolaire taking servicemen home to Lewis grounded on the Beasts of Holm outside Stornoway, on the 1st of January 1919. More than two hundred men perished. Translated by Maggie Smith. [...]

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