• Posts Tagged ‘valtos’

    Congested Bulls

    by  • 20 January 2012 • Crofting, History, Land Issues • 0 Comments

    One of the popular schemes of the Congested Districts Board (1898-1912) was the provision of bulls, rams and stallions, on loan, to crofting parishes where the stock was in need of improvement. Uig did particularly well on the bulls, it seems.

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    Spring Cleaning in 1851

    by  • 9 January 2012 • Emigration, Land Issues • 0 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. 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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    The Valtos Centre Badge

    by  • 3 August 2011 • Education, Entertainments • 0 Comments

    The Valtos Centre, based in the old Valtos School from shortly after it was closed, was first used in 1972 and developed over a couple of years until a visit there became a major fixture in the educational calendar for island pupils, and for scout groups and the like from further afield.

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    A Party on Pabbay, 1947

    by  • 4 June 2011 • Archive photos • 0 Comments

    [singlepic id=1325 w=610] Back: 1. Sandy Morrison Balallan? 2. 3. 4. Molly Morrison from Bragad, teacher at Valtos School, married to Sandy Morrison Balallan 5. Molly’s sister? 6. Norman Buchanan 8 Valtos 7. Peggy Buchanan (ms Newall) 6 Kneep 8. Shonnie Buchanan 8 Valtos? 9. Middle: 10. Donald Murdo Buchanan 8 Valtos 11. 12. Isobel […]

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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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    Five Sons at Sea

    by  • 7 June 2010 • Featured Notes, Military & Police, WWII • 0 Comments

    [singlepic=1136,380] During the Second World War, five Macdonald brothers from the village of Valtos, Uig, Isle of Lewis, served at sea. The five sailors were sons of Donald and Christina Macdonald 22 Valtos. Their mother Christina (nee Maciver), formerly of 25 Valtos, had lost two brothers in the first World War. Norman Maciver serving on […]

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    On the Lewis-Harris Boundary

    by  • 10 April 2010 • Land Issues • 0 Comments

    [singlepic=894,380] From West Over Sea (1953) by DDC Pochin Mould. Near the sheep fank on the flank of Benisval there is, so they tell me, a stone commemorating the visit of Lord Campbell, Lord Chief Justice in the 1850s. When I splashed through the Kinloch Resort river, I crossed from Harris into Lewis, and it […]

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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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    Fishing Boats in Uig

    by  • 11 March 2010 • Fishing, History, Transport • 0 Comments

    [singlepic=637,,386] Many thanks to Donald J Macleod of Enaclete and Bridge of Don for his research into the fishing boats of Uig. He adds that these boats used lines and not trawls to catch white fish. It was the end of March and beginning of April that was known as the ‘Hungry month’ in Gaelic […]

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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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    Calum Olach in Java

    by  • 20 September 2009 • Military & Police, Old Soldiers, Tales & Traditions • 1 Comment

    The following comes from the Spring 1987 edition of Sanais, the Comann Eachdraidh’s quarterly publication under the editorship of Anna Mackinnon.  There are many tales about the Old Soldiers of Uig and this is another about the doughty Calum Olach of Valtos, serving with the Seaforth Highlanders as one of the Saighdeirean Mac a’Mhinisteir.  They […]

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    Scouting in Uig

    by  • 11 September 2009 • History • 1 Comment

    Pictures also viewable here if the slideshow doesn’t work for you. [slideshow=43] Thanks to Iain Watson for these pictures and his memories of scout camps in Uig. The pictures were all collected by Don Laing, who used to be a Scout Leader in Stornoway for many years from the early 60’s until he died in […]

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    Home-made Clothes

    by  • 17 July 2009 • Life in Uig, People, Wool & Weaving • 0 Comments

    Another item from the endlessly entertaining Lewsiana, by W Anderson Smith (1874/1886). From the fact that every crofter owns a few sheep, wool is naturally the first and most important article in use [in clothing]. This is often torn from the animal, Shetland fashion, in place of being clipped. More wretched looking creatures than these […]

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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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    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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    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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    Bibliography: Salmon and Sea Trout Angling on Lewis and Harris (David SD Jones)

    by  • 13 May 2009 • Bibliography • 0 Comments

    New to our bookshop are some numbered and signed copies of a recent limited publication by David SD Jones entitled Salmon and Sea Trout Angling on Lewis and Harris, Past and Present.  The book looks at the fish, principle rivers, fishing hotels, associations, notable anglers and recorded catches throughout the two islands. The Fhorsa.  Considered […]

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    Enterprise of Four Uigeachs

    by  • 29 March 2009 • Fishing, Life in Uig • 1 Comment

    Stornoway Gazette, 30 December 1949. It is many years since there was a fishing boat of any size in Uig but four Uigeachs arrived in Stornoway on Tuesday of last week with a 45-foot motor-boat which they have purchased in Inverness. The boat will take her new name from the initials of the four owners […]

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