• Posts Tagged ‘breanish’

    Norman Morrison’s Testimony

    by  • 4 December 2008 • Crofting, Emigration, History, Land Issues • 0 Comments

    On 4 June 1883 the Napier Commission, chaired by Lord Napier, was in Miavaig to take evidence from crofters and others on issues surround land management and tenancy.  Among those interviewed was Norman Morrison, crofter and fisherman at Brenish, aged 61, who stated he had two milk cows, three young beasts, between fifteen and twenty sheep, […]

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    Interned at Groningen in 1914

    by  • 30 October 2008 • History, Military & Police, WWI • 12 Comments

    This unidentified sailor with the Naval Division is believed to be one of those interned in Holland in 1914.  The picture was taken at Groningen, and comes to us from 10 Mangersta.  Is he one of the Uigeachs listed below who spent the war in “HMS Timbertown”?  The following was written by Dave Roberts for […]

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    A Lady of the Upper End

    by  • 23 October 2008 • Archive photos • 0 Comments

    [singlepic=333,500] Another one needing identification.  The photo comes from 10 Mangersta and the lady is believed to belong to the family, and to have come from the Upper End, but we don’t know for certain who she is.  

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    The Rose

    by  • 15 September 2008 • CEU, Fishing, History • 0 Comments

    The Rose was built c1905 by John Macaulay, boatbuilder, of 19 Brenish.  She was first taken to Kneep, then Reef, and latterly belonged to a consortium of Valtos men.  In 2007 she was gifted to the Comann Eachdraidh, and we commissioned another John Macaulay, boatbuilder, from Harris, to restore her to her former glory.  The […]

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    Drawing Lessons in Brenish

    by  • 15 September 2008 • Education • 0 Comments

    From the School Logbook, Islivig School (in Brenish), kept by the teacher Angus Macdonald: 8 August 1903 The Drawing for the past week received the special attention of the Teacher.  The circles & ovals (and forms inv. same) cannot be made witht he same satisfactory results as if linoleum were put round the school, otherwise […]

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    The One Night Shieling

    by  • 7 September 2008 • Tales & Traditions • 0 Comments

    From an article in Uig News by Dave Roberts. It appears that shielings were constructed so that one airigh could easily be seen from another, but it is said that very often the girls from a number of shielings would sleep in one building for company. The ancient shieling grounds for Brenish, Islivig and Mangersta were […]

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    Offerings to Shoni

    by  • 7 September 2008 • Church, Tales & Traditions, Weather • 0 Comments

    Dolly Doctor wrote in Tales and Traditions of the practice of performing the t-ainmean in the upper end of Uig – evidently the last man to carry it out was a Mackinnon, grandfather of Dolly Doctor’s informant, so perhaps towards the end of the 18th century. This offering was made to a god of the […]

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    Supplies for Islivig School

    by  • 3 September 2008 • Education, History • 0 Comments

    From the Islivig School log, kept by the teacher Angus Macdonald, who took up his post on 13 May 1903.  The Comann Eachdraidh would very much like to acquire or borrow some schoolbooks of this vintage, in any condition.  If you have some in your loft please let us know. 3 August, 1903 The following […]

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    The Hattersley Loom

    by  • 29 August 2008 • Archive photos, History, Life in Uig, Wool & Weaving • 3 Comments

    Dol’ol at the loom (photo by John Blair).  From an article for Uig News by Dave Roberts: After the First World War there were ex-servicemen who had lost a hand, and one of the reasons for introducing the Hattersley domestic semi-automatic treadle powered loom to the island, was to give them an opportunity to make […]

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    The Cave of Swords

    by  • 25 August 2008 • Tales & Traditions • 0 Comments

    On a day when fog came down, the crofter on Mealisbhal stumbled and fell, but not onto rock, nor even onto the soggy ground – he felt himself falling through the heather and moss, and into a concealed entrance…

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    Early Weaving in Uig

    by  • 23 August 2008 • Life in Uig, Wool & Weaving • 0 Comments

    From an article for Uig News by Dave Roberts: The Harris Tweed industry, according to the traditional story, is said to have begun in the mid-19th century. The two Macleod sisters, originally from Pabbay in the Sound of Harris, were living in a blackhouse in Strond and producing tweeds on their looms. The story is […]

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    Whisky Galore at the Upper End

    by  • 21 August 2008 • Entertainments, Tales & Traditions • 0 Comments

    From an Uig News series of articles about beachcombing, by Dave Roberts. The variety of things that washed up is quite incredible, and unexpected. In 1924, long before “The Politician” sank off Eriskay, “Saltier” (Malcolm Buchanan) from Brenish, disappeared for three days. He was eventually discovered down by the curing houses, sleeping soundly alongside a 40-gallon drum of […]

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    Mangersta School 1953

    by  • 9 August 2008 • Archive photos • 0 Comments

    Definitely 1953 as there is the coronation crest on the mount. Teacher: Babag Smith Carishader Back: 1. Kenny Dan Morrison 12 Ardroil 2. Catherine Macdonald 3 Ardroil 3. Neil Morrison 28 Brenish 4. Chrissie Mary Matheson 5 Ardroil 5. Angus Murdo Montgomery Islivig (Monty) Front: 6. Kathleen Morrison Mangersta 7. Lena Matheson 6 Ardroil 8. Cathie […]

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    Iain Dubh Chraidhig at the Fishing

    by  • 8 August 2008 • Tales & Traditions • 1 Comment

    In Rev William Matheson’s examination of the history of the Smiths of Uig he explored some possible origins of the family, beginning with Iain Dubh Craidhig who it seems came to Uig as a child with his mother and father on board a ship.  They were said to have originally been Mackinnons from Barra, Uist or Harris, and were […]

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    Mangersta School 1952?

    by  • 7 August 2008 • Archive photos • 2 Comments

    All identified now, thanks to Dolly. Teacher Babag Smith, Carishader Back: 1. Neil Morrison Brenish 2. Dolly Norma Morrison 12 Ardroil 3. Kathleen Morrison Mangersta 4. Chrissie M Matheson Ardroil 5. Catherine Macdonald 3 Ardroil 6. Nan Matheson Ardroil 7. Angus M Montgomery Islivig (Monty) Front: 8. DJ Montgomery Islivig 9. Flora Shaw Carnish 10. Lena Matheson Ardroil 11. […]

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    The Lewis Colony in Duluth, Minnesota

    by  • 5 August 2008 • Emigration, History • 13 Comments

    A large number of Lewismen settled in Duluth, Minnesota in the 1870s and 1880s, many becoming prominent citizens in the town. The first was William L Maclennan (1834-1888), son of Donald Maclennan. This family seems to have originated in Kintail or Lochalsh; in 1841 Donald was a shepherd in Bunavoneadar, Harris, and soon thereafter became […]

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