• Posts Tagged ‘glenvaltos’

    Holidaying in Uig, 1926

    by  • 20 January 2010 • Archive photos, Life in Uig • 0 Comments

    [singlepic=1068,475,left] These new-to-us pictures come from the albums of the late Roberta Maclennan, whose brother Duncan was the doctor in Uig during WW2 – though the pictures date from 1926, and were taken in Glen Valtos, before the quarrying started there.  Many thanks to John J Maclennan for providing them, and others. [singlepic=1069,336] Share

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    The Norse Mills of Lewis | Muilnean Beaga Leòdhais

    by  • 22 September 2009 • Archaeology, Crofting, History, Life in Uig, Mills • 1 Comment

    [singlepic=936,388] The cause of my sadness is the mill’s decline, Not getting what I need for my baking. -Calum Ruairidh Bhàin (Calum Mackay, Bragar) The Norse Mills of Lewis by Dr Finlay Macleod (Acair, 2009) is surely the most comprehensive volume imaginable on our horizontal mills – including their construction and use, context in world [...]

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    The Uig Landscape

    by  • 26 May 2009 • History • 0 Comments

    [singlepic=587,327] From West Over Sea by DDC Pochin Mould, 1953. To go to Uig is to go to a different country from the rest of the Lews, to go from the moors into the mountains, to the great massif which, with the Forest of Harris, builds the highest ground in the Outer Hebrides. It is [...]

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    Rev David Watson’s Boundary Dispute

    by  • 25 August 2008 • Church, History, Land Issues • 0 Comments

    David Watson was ordained as minister of Uig in 1845 but as the congregation had mostly migrated to the Free Church, his Church remained largely empty. He was at odds with the people and the estate, as the following notes in the 1851 diary (published by Acair) of the Chamberlain John Munro Mackenzie attest: Thursday [...]

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    The Reef Raiders

    by  • 9 August 2008 • History, Land Issues • 0 Comments

    Some of the Reef Raiders:  Alexander Mackay, Valtos (Alasdair Dhomhnaill Aonghais) Allan Morrison 3 Kneep (Ailean Tharmoid Tharmoid Ruaidh) Malcolm Macritchie Kneep (an Irish) Murdo Mackay 30 Valtos (Murchadh Aonghais Aonghais) Angus Mackay 18 Valtos (Aonghas Tharmoid Aonghais) John Morrison 13 Kneep (Iain Tharmoid Tharmoid Ruaidh, or an Cupair) Donald Maclennan Reithmir (Domhnall Ruadh, the [...]

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    JD in the Glen

    by  • 21 July 2008 • History • 0 Comments

    Travelling east down Glen Valtos from Timsgarry, just past the first quarry on the left, you can see the stones which spell out JD. Ahead on your right is the steep zig-zag path, which the Uig women descended with the creels of peat on their backs. JD was James Drummond and this marks the spot [...]

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    “Strange Conduct of Lewis Crofters”

    by  • 19 July 2008 • History, Land Issues • 2 Comments

    Highland News, Monday 13 October, 1884: The Northern Chronicle publishes the following sensational statement which we trust is somewhat exaggerated:– Mr Wm Mackay, Chamberlain of the Lews, has for some time back been engaged in visiting the different parts of the island for the purpose of collecting rents.  On Monday last week [30 September 1884] he [...]

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    Landslide in Glen Valtos, 1920

    by  • 7 July 2008 • History, Life in Uig • 1 Comment

    From the Stornoway Gazette, Local and District News, Friday December 3rd, 1920. Landslide in Valtos Glen On Thursday morning of last week, there was a repetition here of the previous Monday’s storm. Though it did not last so long, there were gusts during the early morning which were almost as strong as any we had [...]

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    Àite na Ordaighean: the Place of Worship

    by  • 25 June 2008 • Gàidhlig, History • 0 Comments

    The place name Àite nan Ordaighean in Valtos Glen is still known today and a rough cairn is all that remains in this place of worship. Foot paths descending down the steep sides of the Glen to reach the place of worship are still visible. Those paths indicate the various directions from which many worshippers [...]

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