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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
The Battle of Coronel The Battle of Coronel was a First World War Imperial German Naval victory over the Royal Navy on 1 November 1914, off the coast of central Chile near the city of  Coronel. The East Asia Squadron (Ostasiengeschwader or ... 119038
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
Vietnam War The Vietnam War was a conflict in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and... 120354
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
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
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II The Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II took place in the Abbey Church of St Peter, Westminster on Tuesday the second day of June 1953 14145
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
Bernera Riot For centuries the Bernera Crofters had the grazing and their summer sheilings on the moor at Beann a Chuailean, stretching from the Uig road to the shores of Loch Langabhat and Coirgerod. In 1872, after sporting estates... 14652
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
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
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
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
Land Dispute - Valtos and Kneep The tenants of Valtos and Kneep in West Uig were by the 1880s increasingly frustrated by the actions of the landlord and their agents regarding their tenancy. In 1883 they rose up to defend their rights and the severity... 21852
Gulf War 1991 The Gulf War, precipitated by Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, was fought in January and February 1991 in the Gulf of Arabia. British troops formed part of the multinational force. 23245
Battle of the Somme The Battle of the Somme was a protracted and costly offensive that began in the Somme valley of Northern France on 1 July 1916 and continued until November, with little progress and heavy casualties on both sides, under... 23478
Highland Clearances The 'Highland Clearances' occured throughout the Highlands and Islands. After Culloden the clan system broke down and the estate owners realised that more income could be gained from transforming the existing... 23618
Battle of El Alamein El Alamein in Egypt was the site of two important battles fought between British and German forces in June and October-November 1942. In both cases the British were successful, first halting and then driving back Rommel... 24788
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
Emigration on the SS Metagama The SS Metagama was a Canadian Pacific Railway steamship that plied a route between Scotland and Eastern Canada; on Saturday 21st April 1923, she sailed from Stornoway with 300 young Lewis emigrants on board, all but 20... 27104
Battle of Auldearn The Battle of Auldearn took place on 9 May 1645 near the village of Auldearn in Nairnshire. It was one of the engagements of the Scottish Civil War between the Royalists (mostly Royalist Irish mercenaries and Highland... 27934
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
Battle of Maida The Battle of Maida, fought on the 4th July 1806 in Calabria, Italy, was one of the battles in the Napoleonic Wars. The British defeated the French. The Seaforth Highlanders (78th) were involved, and many Lewismen saw... 35987
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
Battle of Amiens, France The Battle of Amiens, which began on 8 August 1918, marked the beginning of the Hundred Days Offensive which led to the end of the Great War. Losses were heaviest on the German side and the Canadian, Australian and... 37743
Battle of Sheriffmuir The Battle of Sheriffmuir took place in the Ochil Hills, Perthshire on 13 November 1715, between the Jacobite forces under the Earl of Mar and Hanoverian forces under the Duke of Argyll. The Jacobites had the advantage... 38308
Jacobite Rebellion The Jacobite cause was devoted to the restoration of the Stuart kings in Scotland and (after 1707) England, in response to the deposition of James II/VII in 1688. The Battles of Killiecrankie (1689), Sheriffmuir (1715... 38311
Battle of Culloden The Battle of Culloden was the last stand of the Clans in support of the Jacobite cause and marked the end of The Forty Five, the second Jacobite rebellion. The Jacobites were led by Charles Edward Stuart, the Young... 38313
Battle of Killiecrankie On 17 July 1689, Viscount Dundee and two thousand Highlanders in support of the Jacobite cause met Hanoverian forcers of perhaps twice the strength under Hugh Mackay of Scourie, in the narrow pass at Killiecrankie in... 38315
Battle of Glenshiel The Battle of Glenshiel was fought in 1719 between government forces and Jacobite rebels allied with the Spanish. In April 1719 the Earl Marischal and the Fifth Earl of Seaforth (a staunch Jacobite) with 300 Spanish... 38317

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