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Battle of Carinish The Battle of Carinish, Blàr Chàirinis, took place in May 1601, just one event during a bitter feud between the MacDonalds of Sleat and the MacLeods of Harris and Dunvegan. Roderick Mòr MacLeod, Chief of Clan MacLeod,... Yes 109037
Conservation of Teampall na Trianaid Although conservation work on Teampall na Trianaid had taken part in the past, there had been little success at drawing up a scheme to address the church in its entirety until Teampall na Trianaid Conservation... Yes 110140
Iolaire Disaster The Iolaire left Kyle of Lochalsh on 31 December 1918 for Stornoway, carrying naval reservists coming home on New Year's leave or demobbed from the Royal Navy, apart from a few Mercantile Marine seamen. Early on the... Yes 14576
Coronation of King George V Extracts from The Highland News, 1911 On Thursday, 22 June 1911, King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey. This occasion was marked in a special way, not only on the mainland but throughout the Islands. In our own... Yes 36141
The Orinsay Drownings On the fateful morning of 13 February 1945, the four Orinsay men left home early and joined a number of other vessels fishing in the area. One by one, the other boats returned to shore and the crew of four was left... Yes 40522
Ministers in Uig The first post-Reformation minister in Uig was Rev Ronald Angusson, admitted 1572. The parish of Uig was joined with that of Lochs in the 16th century, but was separated in 1722. The parish included all of the west... Yes 41604
New schools for Pairc: the Education Act The Education Act of 1872 stipulated that formal education be provided to all children between the ages of 5 and 13. The children were counted in 1873 with a view to building schools in Pairc. The five schools opened in... Yes 44881
Carloway Show An annual agricultural show in Carloway, Lewis. Yes 47178
First World War The First World War (1914-1918), also known as the Great War or World War One, had a tremendous impact on the population of the Western Isles, despite their remoteness from the theatres of battle. On Sunday 2 August ... Yes 8680
Falklands War (1982) The Falklands War was a conflict between Britain and Argentina over the ownership of the Falkland or Malvinas Islands, off the southern tip of Patagonia. Argentina had been expelled from the Falklands by the British in... 10414
Empire Exhibition 1938 The Empire Exhibition was held in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow between May and December 1938, and helped the Scottish economy to recover from the effects of the depression.  105366
Clearance of land for Borve Farm 1854 In 1854 the area of Borve was cleared of its 22 crofters by the factor, John Robertson MacDonald, in order to create a new farm. He commandeered their stock, and suggested that they emigrate to Australia. Many families... 106836
Battle of Prestonpans The Battle of Prestonpans took place in September 1745 as part of the Jacobite uprising. An army led by Charles Edward Stuart successfully defeated the Hanoverian army.  109011
Battle of Falkirk Muir The Battle of Falkirk Muir took place in January 1746 as part of the Jacobite uprising. An army of 8000, loyal to Charles Edward Stuart, successfully defeated the Hanoverian army.  109012
American War of Independence The American War of Independence, sometimes known as the American Revolutionary War or the Revolutionary War, was the armed conflict between Great Britain and thirteen of its North American colonies which had declared... 109032
Grianam Case The Grianam case was a legal dispute between the MacDonalds and MacLeods regarding rights to several islands in the Sound of Harris, including Grianam and Rangas. It was a complex case, involving many witnesses from... 109034
Feud between MacDonalds of Sleat & MacLeods of Harris Sometime around 1600 Donald Gorm Mòr, chief of Clan MacDonald of Sleat, rejected his wife Margaret, sending her back to her brother Roderick Mòr, chief of the MacLeods of Harris and Dunvegan. Roderick asked Donald to... 109064
Treaty of Perth The Treaty of Perth, signed on 2nd July 1266, concluded over 25 years of dispute over ownership of the Suðreyjar, the Southern Isles. King Alexander III of Scotland made payment of 4000 marks and promised an annuity of... 109716
Battle of Largs The Battle of Largs took place in the autumn of 1263. A fleet of ships sent by King Haakon IV of Norway to reinforce his claim to the Suðreyjar, Southern Isles, was moored in the Firth of Clyde when a storm developed,... 109717
Norwegian Sovereignty of the Hebrides, 1098 - 1266 In 1098, the Hebrides and Isle of Man, together known as the Suðreyjar, Southern Isles, were signed over to Norway by King Edgar of Scotland. The islands were ruled by a succession of Norwegian/ Viking Kings of the... 109852
Drowning at Gniopa, 1899 An issue of The Scotsman, dated 2nd October 1899, gives a brief account of the deaths of four men between Lochmaddy and Berneray. Fisherman John MacAskill, Iain Bàn, drowned alongside his brother John, son Alexander and... 113511
Great Sandstorm of 1697 The sandstorm of 1697 filled in a shallow arm of the sea that lay between Berneray and Siabaidh. Alick Morrison's paper The Grianam Case suggests that: Due perhaps to over cultivation, a long period of dry weather and... 117428
Meeting at Goulaby, 1735 On 2nd August 1735 a meeting was held at Goulaby in an attempt to end the controversy over the ownership of the island of Grianam. Present were Donald MacLeod the old Trojan, his uncle William MacLeod of Luskentyre,... 117468
Whale on Shensker, 1711 One Saturday in 1711 Morris Morrison and Alexander MacLeod were sailing from Berneray to their sheiling on Votersay when they came across a dead whale on Shensker, Sean Sgeir. Having tasted the blubber, they tied the... 117476
Inspection of the March, 1736 In July or August 1736 a large birlinn sailed from Skye to the Sound of Harris with Donald MacLeod the old Trojan, Norman 22nd Chief of Clan MacLeod (later known as the Red Man), William MacLeod of Waterstein (... 117480
Meeting at Cladh Maolrithe A meeting was held at Cladh Maolrithe at the suggestion of Donald MacLeod, the old Trojan,  sometime in the mid 18th century. Following many disputes between the tenants of Sand and Borve over rights to seaweed in the... 117497
Inspection of the March, 1763 An inspection of the sea boundary between North Uist and Harris took place in 1763. On this occasion the passengers on the boat were Finlay Morrison and his brother John, Sir James MacDonald of Sleat, Hugh MacDonald of... 117502
Battle of Vimy Ridge Comprising a famed attack upon the heights which crucially overlooked the plains of Artois, the Battle of Vimy Ridge saw the Canadian Corps sweep away firmly entrenched German defenders on 9 April 1917. Some 12km... 13140
Highland Land League The first Highland Land League, also known as the Highland Land Law Reform Association and the Crofters Party, emerged as a distinct political force in Scotland during the 1880s with its power base in the Highlands and... 13547
First Boer War The Boer Wars, or South African Wars, developed out of tensions between the British colonies and Afrikaner or Boer settlements of the Orange Free State and the Southern African Republic. The First Boer War was fought... 14119

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