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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
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
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
Battle of Alma The Battle of Alma which took place on 20 September 1854 was considered to be the first battle of the Crimean War. 62561
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
Battle of Bannockburn The Battle of Bannockburn June 23-24, 1314 was fought between Robert the Bruce for Scotland and Edward II for England. It was a significant Scottish victory in the Wars of Scottish Independence. 41075
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
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
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
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
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
Troubled years - Berneray during the mid 19th century This account is taken from Alick Morrison's introduction to Orain Chaluim, with minor amendments: With the collapse of the kelp industry and the exacerbating effects of the potato blight, the people of Berneray were... 76676
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
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
Wreck of the 'Puritan' On 15th November 1920, a Danish motor smack, the Puritan, was wrecked off the island of Hermetray in the Sound of Harris. The Puritan had been carrying a cargo of salt to the Faroe Islands and during an exceptional gale... 77665

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