1879 - James Matheson

James Matheson spent £100,495 on the construction of a castle in Stornoway and £11,895 on building two sporting lodges at Morsgail and Uig

“… crofters have always considered the hardships that are the unavoidable consequences of their natural environment to be more bearable than those that have resulted from human action. The excessive and ostentatious comfort of a privileged few; their oppressive and unjust conduct: these have always seemed less tolerable than the vagaries of the climate and the general scarcity of resources.”

James Hunter