• Posts Tagged ‘lochroag’

    Parish of Uig, 1749

    by  • 26 July 2010 •  • 0 Comments

    A letter from the minister at Baile na Cille, Norman Morrison, to a committee of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, dated 15th October 1749. Reverend Sir, In return to the queries sent to us from your committee appointed by the late General Assembly for preparing a plan for the augmentation of ministers’ [...]

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    Placenames: Enaclete and Gisla

    by  • 21 August 2009 • Placenames • 5 Comments

    Enaclete names

    Place names in Enaclete and the surrounding area, mapped by Finlay and Kenny Maciver.  They did Geshader too and you may like to compare the Ordnance Survey map. 1. Airigh Dhubh 23. Caol Loch 2. Loch Croistean 24. Druim Mor 3. Loch a’ Phealair Beag 25. Loch nan Learg a Tuath 4. Old Sheilings 26. [...]

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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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    Placenames: Geshader and Strome

    by  • 10 May 2009 • Placenames • 0 Comments

    Geshader Placenames

    Key placenames and landmarks around the township of Geshader, the inlet to Little Loch Roag (the Sruth, next to #18), and the deserted settlement at Strome, as prepared by Finlay and Kenneth Maciver.  There are many more placenames, which we’ll publish once we’ve worked out how best to present them; meanwhile there’s Enaclete too.  Compare [...]

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    Steam Trawling in Loch Roag, 1893

    by  • 27 February 2009 • Fishing • 1 Comment

    This report from Hansard, the official report of debates in the House of Commons, dates from December 1893 and refers to illegal steam trawling in Loch Roag and, at least nominal, interest in defending the rights of local fishermen, preferably without requiring them to take three days out to testify in Stornoway.  This is the [...]

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    Schools in Uig before the Education Act

    by  • 7 February 2009 • Education • 8 Comments

    From Sanais, 1988, with some additions.

    The first school in the Western Isles was founded shortly after 1610, when the Seaforth Mackenzies gained possession of the island, and in 1680, a report by ‘Indweller’ says that the Seaforth school had done much good, not only for Lewis but also for the adjacent isles. Other schools followed.

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    The Departure of the Barlow, 1851

    by  • 2 September 2008 • Emigration, History, Land Issues • 2 Comments

    In 1851 several shiploads of emigrants left Lewis for Canada.  The arrival and departure of the Barlow was delayed for a month, causing desperation amongst the prospective emigrants, but she eventually sailed at the end of June from Loch Roag.  The following is from the Diary of John Munro Mackenzie, Chamberlain of the Lews. Wednesday [...]

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    The Marquis of Stafford Sails

    by  • 29 July 2008 • Emigration, History • 0 Comments

    A further entry from the 1851 Diary of John Munro Mackenzie, enumerating his difficulties in getting the emigrants away.  They sailed first for Troon, and thence for Quebec.  It seems the Marquis of Stafford that took them to Canada was a steamer, unless the reference here refers to another boat that transfered them to Troon first [...]

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    The Marquis of Stafford in Loch Roag

    by  • 28 July 2008 • Emigration, History • 0 Comments

    At the end of April 1851, following his tour of the island to assess the number of tenants who were to be helped to emigrate to Canada,  the Chamberlain John Munro Mackenzie travelled to Glasgow, in the company of Sir James Matheson and his wife who were proceeding to London, to make the arrangements.  Mackenzie had considerable difficulty finding [...]

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    Women of Uig Victorious

    by  • 27 July 2008 • History • 0 Comments

    From the Scottish Highlander, 4 September 1885. The main island in question was Pabbay and the tacksman who claimed it was James Mackenzie, Linshader. This was one of several instances of revolt in Uig in the 1880; see also the 1884 episode: The Women of Uig Victorious in a Sea Fight. Nearly the whole male [...]

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    We ♥ Strome

    by  • 25 July 2008 • History • 0 Comments

    Pictures from our Comann Eachdraidh outing to Strome.  A strupag to get started, then we split up:  some went up the hill, some went to the famous wall and attempted to find the burial ground and some went to Drovinish.  We convened again for sausages, watermelon and tea… all in all a fabulous day.   Many thanks to Anna [...]

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    An Dotair Ruadh

    by  • 23 July 2008 • History, Land Issues, People • 2 Comments

    (picture of Valtos and Kneep by Chris Murray) An Dotair Ruadh, Donald Macaulay, seventh in line from Dòmhnall Càm, was the son of Dòmhnall mac Sheorais, the tacksman of Linshader who himself became something of a legend because of his size and strength. His son has come down in tradition as equally renowned, but for [...]

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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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    Members’ Outing to Strome, 24 July

    by  • 14 July 2008 • CEU, News & Events • 0 Comments

    Members and their guests are invited to join us for an outing with Seatrek to Strome on Thursday 24 July, to have a look at the village and shielings there.  The itinerary is flexible and may take in some islands in Loch Roag.  £10; depart from Miavaig at 10am with Seatrek – weather permitting, of [...]

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    Proposals for Emigration, 1851

    by  • 12 July 2008 • Emigration, History, Land Issues • 2 Comments

    Following his tour of the island in the spring of 1851 to assess arrears owed by tenants and determined which of them were “to be emigrated”, the Chamberlain of the Lews, John Munro Mackenzie, drew up the following memorandum (from the Acair publication of his 1851 Diary.)  Two emigrant ships, the Marquis of Stafford and [...]

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    Dòmhnall Càm at Dun Carloway

    by  • 7 July 2008 • History, Tales & Traditions • 0 Comments

    A tale from Donald Macdonald’s Tales and Traditions of the Lews: Dòmhnall Càm and the big smith went one summer to the Flannan Isles, and the Morrisons of Ness, hearing the Macaulays were from home, came and drove the cows from the moor, for they met with no opposition.  When Dòmhnall and his party returned the womenfolk [...]

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    Cnip, by Peggy Eric Maciver

    by  • 30 June 2008 • Bàrdachd, Gàidhlig • 1 Comment

    A song about her native village, by Peggy Eric Maciver, 7 Kneep Tha Cnip os cionn mo dhachaidh tha mu choinneamh Cnoc nan Còrr Is an tom air cùl an tighe ris an canar Cnoc an Oir An Fhaoilinn ‘S rubha Iolmoir air am b’ eòlach mi bho m’ òig Is Sgealasbhalis Liongal cumail fasgadh [...]

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