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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mesopotamia Campaign Mesopotamia was the first foreign affray for the (British) Indian Military. By 1918 there were 304,000 Indian troops and 107,000 British troops stationed in Mesopotamia. The British Indian Command was different and the... 40466
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Great Sandstorm of 1697 The sandstorm of 1697 filled in a shallow arm of the sea that lay between Berneray and Sheabie. Alick Morrison's paper The Grianam case suggests that: Due perhaps to over cultivation, a long period of dry weather and... 117428
Gallipoli Campaign The Gallipoli Campaign was conceived by members of the War Council of the British Cabinet as a strategy for breaking the trench warfare deadlock on the Western Front during the First World War. It was a disastrous... 40290
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
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
First Battle of Ypres Ypres is a mediaeval town in Belgium. It was taken by Germany at the beginning of World War One and recaptured by the Brirish Expeditionary Force later in the year. What became known as the 1st Battle of Ypres was when... 45126
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
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
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
Egyptian Campaign (El Hammed) Cogadh na Tuirc, the "Turkish War", was the local Lewis term for the Egyptian Campaign of 1807. On 22 April 1807 at El Hammed, Lt Col Peter Macleod leading the British met a huge Ottoman army, led by Muhammed Ali, in... 60640
Drowning in Bays Loch, 2nd March 1929 Three men, Angus MacLean, John MacLean and Seonaidh Iain MacLean were tragically drowned off the island of Berneray on 2nd March 1929. The following extract is from The Scotsman dated 4th March 1929: Harris Tragedy -... 76046
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

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