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Napier Royal Commission of Inquiry The Napier Commission (officially the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Condition of Crofters and Cottars in the Highlands and Islands) of 1883 was set up by the Liberal Government (under Gladstone) to look into the... 21850
Napoleonic Wars A series of wars begun in 1803 by Napoleon 1 in his bid to conquer Europe. They ended in 1815 when he was defeated at Waterloo by Wellington. Many Islanders saw service in all corners of the empire with the Seaforth... 35986
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
Normandy Landings The Normandy Landings - Operation Overlord - were an amphibious assault in June 1944 on the Normandy Coast by the Allies. The object was to establish an allied foothold in France. 24826
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
Park Deer Raid Trial in Edinburgh The Park Deer Raid Trial in Edinburgh, 1888Scotsman newspaper Notices were served yesterday on six of the men charged with complicity in the Deer Raid, calling on them to appear before the Sheriff of Ross, in Stornoway... 60867
Park Deer Raid, 1887 An account of the Park Deer Raid of 1887 from the notes of Angus Macleod, Calbost and Marybank. There had been a great deal of unrest prior to 1887 throughout the whole of Lochs because of land hunger due to the rising... 15014
Peninsular War The Peninsular War 1808-1814 was a major conflict during the Napoleonic Wars, fought in the Iberian Peninsula with British, Spanish and Portugese forces fighting against the French. A lively account of the experiences... 19702
Railway Clearing Act, 1850 The Railway Clearing Act, 1850 gave status to the Railway Clearing House which acted as a transfer point for revenue where goods and passengers crossed from one railway to another. 42047
Salonika Campaign Anglo-French forces began landing at the Greek port of Salonika on 5 October 1915. The troops were sent to provide military assistance to the Serbs who had recently been attacked by combined German, Austro-Hungarian and... 60962
San Francisco Earthquake The California earthquake of April 18, 1906 ranks as one of the most significant earthquakes of all time. It was not the greatest nor were the casualties higher, but with the photographs and later scientific studies,... 42442
Second Boer War The Second Boer War was fought from 11 October 1899 to 31 May 1902, between the British Empire and the two independent Boer republics of the Orange Free State and the South African Republic, after the Boers declared war... 39580
Second World War The Second World War or World War Two (1939-1945) is said to have been the greatest and most destructive war in history. Whereas military operations in the First World War were conducted primarily on the European... Yes 8682
Shipwreck of the Sir William Wallace, 1834 On 24th October 1834 the Sir William Wallace was shipwrecked on the island of Berneray, driven ashore at Corran. It was known that the 232 ton brig contained a valuable cargo of timber, so two of the strongest men on... 75343
Siege of Ladysmith The Siege of Ladysmith was a protracted engagement in the Boer War, taking place between 30 October 1899 and 28 February 1900. 39530
Siege of Mafeking The Siege of Mafeking was the most famous British action in the Boer War. It took place in the town of Mafeking, South Africa over a period of 217 days, from October 1899 to May 1900 and turned Robert Baden Powell into... 39529
Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) was a military nationalist insurrection originating in Morocco, headed by General Francisco Franco, which spread rapidly all over the country. After a number of bloody battles between... 14172
The Battle of the Falkland Islands The Battle of the Falkland Islands was a naval action between the British Royal Navy and the Imperial German Navy on 8th December 1914, during the First World War in the South Atlantic. The British, after the defeat at... 119039
The Battle of the Java Sea The Battle of the Java Sea was a decisive naval battle of the Pacific campaign of the Second World War. Allied navies suffered a disastrous defeat at the hand of the Imperial Japanese Navy on 27th February, 1942 and in... 110424
The Clearance of Orinsay Extract from the Inverness Courier, 15 June 1842: Deforcement of the Law Another of those painful scenes which lately have been too prevalent, connected with the removal of Highland cottars, took place on the 21st of... 40511
The Disruption The 'Disruption' was the name given to the schism in the Church of Scotland leading to a break in 1845. The main cause was the division over lay patronage i.e. the right of the Estate owners to nominate a person to a... 63010
The Epic Battle of Wick The Epic Battle of Wick or "Sabaid Mhor Wick" as it is still referred to in Lewis started on 27 August 1859 between Lewis fishermen and East Coast fishermen. This was the only time in the annals of the Scottish herring... 36223
The Fife Adventurers In 1598, King James VI granted a Crown Charter to a group of men from Fife, giving them ownership of the Isle of Lewis, hitherto in the control of the Clan Macleod and known as a place of feuding and lawlessness. The... 65016
The Guga Hunt of 1912 - I The guga hunters who set out from Ness in 1912 had failed to return, and a search party, landing on the wrong island, reported them missing and presumed lost. The Highland News of 12 September 1912 reported the... 57373
The Guga Hunt of 1912 - II The men of Ness who had set out on the guga hunt of 1912 were reported lost (see Part I), but in the same issue of the Highland News, on 12 September, the following also appeared: Men Raised From The Dead - Tremendous... 57375
The Lewis-Harris Boundary Dispute The unclear demarcation of the boundary between the estates of Lewis and Harris was the cause for two sets of hearings in 1805 and 1851. Initially pursued by Alexander Hume, Esquire of Harris, against The Right... 18831
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
The Reef Incident It was in 1893 that the islanders of Berneray, frustrated with the continuing existence of Borve Farm, decided to express their views forcibly, by waylaying tacksman Roderick Campbell's cattleboat. They stopped his boat... 73820
The Reef Raiders The Reef Raiders hit the headlines of the National Press in December 1913. The Proprietor of Lewis, Major Matheson, opposed the conversion of farm lands in Uig into individual holdings. The men who had applied the... 108360
Third Battle of Ypres The 3rd battle of Ypres otherwise known as the Battle of Passchendale, was fought to establish a breakthrough to the base where the German submarines were held. The subs had been causing huge losses to British shipping... 45127

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