• Posts Tagged ‘reef’

    Reef Gallery

    by  • 4 February 2012 •  • 0 Comments

    Reef 1964 1964 Reef Alex Reithmir Reef Mairi & Mairead Mathesons Reef The Reef Raiders Reef Reef Martainn ‘s a bhean Share

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    Suileachan: the Reef Monument

    by  • 26 January 2012 • Land Issues, News & Events • 1 Comment

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    Work is underway in Reef on a new commemorative landmark commissioned by the Bhaltos Community Trust to mark the impact of land reform in Uig and throughout the island. The monument has been designed by Will Maclean and Marion Leven, who also created those at Pairc, Aignish and Gress.

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    The Congested Districts Board 1898-1912

    by  • 12 January 2012 •  • 0 Comments

    The Congested Districts Board was established by the Congested Districts (Scotland) Act of 1897, on the model of the Congested Districts Board for Ireland, to improve industries and infrastructure in the crofting counties which suffering from overpopulation and poverty (see Powers below). Initially 56 parishes or parts of parishes in the north, west and islands [...]

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    Reef Marriages 1826-1833

    by  • 23 August 2011 •  • 0 Comments

    Marriages recorded for the village of Reef between 1826 and 1833. All of these families were cleared from Reef subsequently. Donald Matheson son of Murdoch Matheson and Rachel Matheson at Reef, to Catherine Maciver dau of Neil Maciver and Ann Macaulay at Reef, 16 Feb 1826. John Maclean son of Colin Maclean and Ann Maciver [...]

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    Reef Births 1824-1845

    by  • 23 August 2011 •  • 1 Comment

    The following Reef 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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    Reef Rents & Arrears 1824

    by  • 6 March 2011 •  • 0 Comments

    A list of tenants of Reef and Borve (Borgh, Beirigh) in 1824, showing rents and arrears. From the Seaforth Muniments. Tenant Rent Arrears Kenneth Smith £ 3.17.9 £ 12.12.8 John Maclennan 1st £ 5.14.4 £ 20.16.1½ Murdoch Maciver 1st £ 5.7.6 £ 21.16.9 Malcolm Macdonald £ 5.15.4 £ 20.16.4 Donald Bethune £ 6.0.6 £ 12.13.6 [...]

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    Valtos Marriages 1824-1869

    by  • 18 February 2011 •  • 0 Comments

    The following marriages, all involving at least one Valtos 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. The dip in numbers from 1844 onward is no doubt due to [...]

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    Peats of Fire Lighting the Way

    by  • 8 March 2011 • Church, Education, Life in Uig • 0 Comments

    The Rev Angus Maciver was the son of Angus Maciver “An Ceistear” (the Catechist), born at Reef in 1799. The family lived at Tobson on Great Bernera from 1835 to 1853. This extract from The Life of a Lewis Catechist, published in the Stornoway Gazette in 1971-2, is Rev Maciver’s memory of meeting-house nights.

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    Sgìre Ùige

    by  • 25 January 2011 • Bàrdachd, Gàidhlig, Placenames • 0 Comments

    Tha Peigi Oighrig NicÌomhair (anns a mheadhan) air iomadh òrain a sgrìobhadh thar na bliadhnaichean. Rugadh Peigi air a’ Chnìp, Sgìre Uig ann an 1926 agus gu dearbha fhèin bha teanga nam bàrd a’ ruith troimh ‘n teaghlach aice. Bha grand uncle dhith ‘Dòmhnall Donn’ na bhàrd baile air a’ Chnìp na latha, agus sgìobh Aonghas Coinneach, bràthair Pheigi fhein, mòran òrain agus rannan.

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    Dòmhnall Cam and the Blind Woman

    by  • 8 February 2010 • Tales & Traditions • 1 Comment

    We do fairly harp on the heroic stories of Dòmhnall Càm, the local chieftain, warrior and cattle-plunderer, particularly ruthless in wars against the Morrisons of Ness, but there are some deeply unpleasant traditions about him too. The following is from Capt FWL Thomas’s Traditions of the Macaulays (1880). Donald Cam and the Gow Ban [the [...]

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    Hogmanay in the Capital, 1943

    by  • 1 January 2010 • Entertainments, WWII • 1 Comment

    The pressmen get their snaps – Lewisfolk provide a little colour Stornoway Gazette, 21 Jan 1944 American press photographers visited the vicinity of St Pauls on Hogmanay to pick up a few colourful pictures of New Year celebrations in London. A group of Lewisfolk gave them their best ‘shots’ of the evening when Pipers Findlater [...]

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    At Strome

    by  • 24 December 2009 • Archive photos, Crofting, Life in Uig • 1 Comment

    [singlepic=1046,357] A very unseasonable picture:  a party from Reef, out at Strome for peats in fine weather.  Angus Mackay (an Gagan), James Morrison (Seumas Mhurchaidh Seumais), Christina Mackay, Peggy Macritchie (Peggy an Irish) and Murdo Macdonald (Morgan). Share

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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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    Reef | Riof

    by  • 22 July 2010 •  • 0 Comments

    The township of Reef, situated on machair and rocky headland on the Valtos penisula in West Uig, was cleared of its inhabitants to make way for a sheep farm, under the ownership of Sir James Matheson. Eviction notices were issued in 1848-9 by Factor John Scobie; the people resisted, but were finally cleared by the [...]

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    Valtos School, 1948

    by  • 22 June 2009 • Archive photos, Education, History • 0 Comments

    [singlepic=665,357] Teacher: Sophie Macsween (Macleod). Thanks to Mary Peggy Mackay for putting the names to the faces. Back 1. John Angus Mackay 7 Reef 2. Dan Buchanan 7 Valtos 3. DA Morrison 13 Reef 4. Calum Ian Buchanan 8 Valtos 5. Archie Macdonald, FP Manse Middle 6. John Andrew Buchanan 7 Valtos 7. Donald C [...]

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    Valtos School 1966-67

    by  • 21 May 2009 • Archive photos, Education • 1 Comment

    [singlepic=633,357] Photo taken by Aneas Maclean, nephew of Mrs Jessie Macdonald 24 Valtos, while on student placement.  We’ll expect the gaps to be filled in promptly: if not, I’ll be waylaying the others. Teachers: Mrs Alexina Macleod, Shawbost Mr Donald John Macleod (Inky), Carloway Front Row: 1. Calum Macdonald (Titch) 22 Valtos 2. Donella Matheson [...]

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