• Posts Tagged ‘valtos’

    Four Uigeachs in Sydney

    by  • 24 July 2008 • Archive photos, Emigration, Military & Police • 2 Comments

    Four Uigeachs in Sydney, Australia, circa 1916.  From left, Malcolm Morrison 8 Mangersta (Zinc), Norman Smith ex 2 Ungeshader (Tarmod Choinnich), Donald Smith 2 Ungeshader (Coisich) and Donald Macdonald 22 Valtos (Dòmhnall Daoighear). Three were seamen on HMS Orama that patrolled in the south seas, on shore leave whilst in for bunkers and stores.  The […]

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    TB Macaulay’s Speech

    by  • 24 July 2008 • History • 0 Comments

    On TB Day, 18 June 1929, TB Macaulay of the Sun Life Assurance Company, Montreal, visited Valtos and was presented with an illuminated address by Rev Malcolm Maclennan, on behalf of the people of Uig.  Rev Maclennan gave a speech, and TB followed, as reported by the Gazette: Mr Macaulay, acknowledging the presentations, said it was […]

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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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    Rev Maclennan’s Speech on TB Day

    by  • 21 July 2008 • History • 0 Comments

    Pic: some of the worthies of Uig and Stornoway at the ceremony. TB Macaulay, president of the Sun Life Assurance Company of Montreal and descendent of the Macaulays of Uig, visited Lewis in the summer of 1929 to open the new Municipal Buildings in Stornoway (replacing those destroyed in the fire of 1918) and to […]

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    Valtos School 1928-9

    by  • 21 July 2008 • Archive photos • 0 Comments

    Teachers Bella Macaskill (Lochs/Goathill) and Frank Maciver (Back) Back: 1. John Macaulay 23 Valtos (lost WW2) 2. Dol Angus Macrae Miavaig (Rev) 3. Donald Norman Macdonald 22 Valtos (lost WW2) 4. Angus Macdonald 16 Uigen (lost WW2) 5. Malcolm Mackay Valtos 6. John Macdonald Kneep 7. Alexander Macleod 39 Cliff 8. Norman Macdonald 22 Valtos […]

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    Rev Malcolm Maclennan

    by  • 20 July 2008 • History, People • 2 Comments

    Calum Aonghais a’Bhreabadair was born in Valtos in 1862, a son of Angus Maclennan who had travelled the world. The family moved to 11 Kneep. Calum went to Canada as a young man and studied at McGill University in Montreal. He worked for some years as a minister in Canada before returning to Scotland and […]

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    Valtos School 1954

    by  • 18 July 2008 • Archive photos • 1 Comment

    (click to enlarge) Headmaster Donald Maclean Shawbost; Teacher Annie Macaulay 35 Cliff Back Row: 1. Donald Maciver 8 Crowlista 2. Calum Iain Buchanan 8 Valtos 3. Peggy Morrison 3 Valtos 4. Gladys Goodge Miavaig 5. Murdina Buchanan 7 Valtos 6. Agnes Mackay 4 Carishader 7. Donald Buchanan 7 Valtos 8. Peter M Matheson Crowlista Third Row: […]

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    Valtos School 1958

    by  • 13 July 2008 • Archive photos, History • 0 Comments

    (click to enlarge) Headmaster Donald Maclean Shawbost, Teacher Annie Macaulay 35 Cliff Back Row:  1. Calum A Mackay 13 Kneep 2. Malcolm Smith 20 Valtos 3. Murdanie Macdonald 24 Valtos 4. Andrew Mackay 13 Kneep 5. Murdo Maclennan 36 Cliff 6. Norman Morrison 1 Ungeshader 7. Donald J Montgomery Islivig 8. Donald J Morrison 13 Reef […]

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    Ailig Mackay and his son Calum, 15 Valtos

    by  • 13 July 2008 • History, People • 0 Comments

    Alexander Mackay (Alasdair Dhomhnaill Aonghais) was born in 1868, a son of Donald and Annie nee Matheson, 18 Valtos.  He married Christina Maclennan 15 Valtos (Caristiona Chaluim Ille Mhoire) and after a period as cottars at 21 Valtos, Ailig became the third tenant of No. 15.  They had four children – Dolina, Ceit, Donald and Calum.    Ailig served in the RNR and […]

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    The Postman

    by  • 8 July 2008 • People • 0 Comments

    Malcolm Maclennan, Calum Iain na Clibhe, 38 Cliff, who delivered to Carishader, Miavaig, Cliff, Valtos and Kneep on his bicycle.  (His bicycle may be one outside the post office in 1911 here.)  He worked as a postman for 60 years, finally retiring in 1960 at the age of 77.  Calum Iain received a certificate from the postmaster […]

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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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    Tornado in West Uig

    by  • 2 July 2008 • History, Weather • 0 Comments

    From the Stornoway Gazette, Local and District News. March 24, 1921 The cyclonic storm which burst over this district on Wednesday last left traces of destruction in its trail here as elsewhere. Fortunately, no lives were lost, though several instances of hairbreadth escapes from flying debris etc, have been mentioned. The roof of the Valtos […]

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    Iain Ruadh of Valtos

    by  • 1 July 2008 • History, Tales & Traditions • 0 Comments

    John Macaulay (Iain Ruadh) was the eldest son of Murdo and Elizabeth nee Macpherson, Valtos, and a grandson of Angus Beag. He is remembered in legend for his ability as a hunter and as a poet. William Macpherson (Mac Gille Chaluim) relates the following in his History of the Macaulays: On one occasion he wounded a […]

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    TB Day

    by  • 29 June 2008 • Archive photos, History • 0 Comments

    An Là TB was 18 June 1929, the day TB Macaulay, 8th in line from Domhnall Cam and then president of Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada, returned to his ancestral home. He spent the day in Valtos and it seems most of Uig turned out for him.  While on the island he opened the […]

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    Colonials Return, 1918

    by  • 26 June 2008 • History • 0 Comments

    Excerpts from Stornoway Gazette, Local and District News (Uig) April 5th, 1918 FRIENDS FROM ACROSS THE SEA: One of the few pleasurable results of this terrible and miserable war is the occasional opportunity offered to friends and relations at home of meeting and welcoming friends and relations from beyond the seas – friends whom, in the […]

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    Plans for Kneep and Valtos, 1851

    by  • 22 June 2008 • History, Land Issues • 0 Comments

    From the Diary of John Munro Mackenzie, Chamberlain of the Lews.  Reef had been cleared of its 186 tenants a few years previously . In the end, Kneep was never cleared, though many did emigrate from both Valtos and Kneep. Wednesday 12 February, 1851 Wrote letters to Stornoway [from Callanish], afterwards proceeded to Reef and […]

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    The Sheep Year in Valtos

    by  • 17 June 2008 • Crofting, Life in Uig • 0 Comments

    In years gone by, practically all the sheep belonging to Valtos and Cliff spent the winter on the hill grazings, out as far as the Morsgail boundary, but in those days they were all hardy Blackfaces. Nowadays some people are trying for bigger fatter lambs for the mainland market, and using Texel, Cheviot or Suffolk […]

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