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Stories, Reports and Traditions

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Keose Glebe Boundary Dispute, 1872 Reverend Ewen Campbell complained about the condition of his glebe and manse and demanded the lands of Swordale and Miavaig rent free from his landlord, Sir James Matheson, in 1872. Matheson disagreed with his... 7280
Six Boys Drowned at Lochs Extract from Inverness Courier, July 1849 Six Lochs Drownings On the afternoon of Thursday, the 19th of July, a boat belonging to the Rev Mr Finlayson, Clergyman of the Free Church at Lochs... went out on a fishing... 8942
Rev Donald Maccallum: Rebel Minister and Crofters' Champion (I) The following account of Rev Maccallum's life before arriving in Lewis was written by Angus Macleod, Calbost and Marybank. The 19th century was an unhappy period in the annals of the Highland crofting community. Life... 60656
Childhood Memories of Keose Childhood memories of Keose, by Derick Thompson It was at Keose in the Lochs district of Lewis, that I learnt to handle a rowing-boat. My mother came from there and we often had holidays in my grandfather's house. It... Yes 7260
Opening of Gravir Free Church Extract from the Northern Chronicle, 15 November 1882 The new church which has been erected by the Free Church congregation at Gravir, Lochs, Lews, was opened on Tuesday, 7th inst by the Rev Messrs Hector Cameron, Back... 54089
Kenneth and Donald Smith, Fishcurers The family, life and works of Kenneth Smith JP and Provost Donald Smith, merchants and fishcurers of Stornoway Kenneth was born at Carloway in 1823 to John Smith 1797-1878 (mac Mhurchaidh) originally of Garynahine Farm... 45988
Breakup of Keose Glebe Extract from the Stornoway Gazette, November 1932 It will be of great interest to the many Lochsmen scattered throughout the world to learn that the Keose Glebe is now being broken up into small holdings. On Monday, the... Yes 7265
The Life of Zachary Macaulay The life of Zachary Macaulay, from Uig News, 2007 Over the last few months, I have been so engrossed in the events of 25 years ago in the South Atlantic that I almost allowed 2007 to slip away without a mention of... 65061
The angel: the death of Angus Maciver written by Maggie Smith A little boy and his grandmother walked by a stream in the village of Reef in 1924. Passing the ruins by the stream, granny informed him that this was the ruin of Angus Maciver's house, in what... 8677
Lemreway Report: The Puffin Hunt From a report by Donald Mackay, Kershader (1958-9) Lemreway was one of the villages affected by the Park clearances. It was resettled in 1861 when those who were removed from Brollum to Stiemreway were in that year... Yes 41106
Lady Habost by Angus Macleod, Calbost and Marybank. A woman known locally as 'Lady Habost' or 'A Bhan Tighearna' existed and lived in a fine house where croft 13 Habost is now. She was not an officially titled lady, but the grand-... 48677
Marvig in 1953 According to a 1953 report, the situation in the village of Marvig at the time was as follows: There is but one (motor) boat pursuing the herring fishing from Marvig and Calbost combined and one boat engaged in lobster... Yes 44868
Orinsay Resettled The inhabitants of Orinsay were cleared in 1843 to make way for a sheep farm. After unsuccessful attempts in 1891 to resettle the village, it was three decades and a generation before it was finally lotted. This article... Yes 42124
The Orinsay Trials I: the Case An account of the Orinsay Trials of 1891, following the attempts by landless cottars to resettle the farm (see also the full account of the raids); from Tional, 1996. The mad cow phenomena is not new. Indeed bovine... Yes 42650
The Orinsay Trials II: the Prosecution An account of the Orinsay Trials of 1891, in the wake of attempts by crofters to resettle the farm; from Tional, 1996. previous The first witness for the prosecution, Roderick Martin, tenant of Orinsay Farm stated that... 42651
The Orinsay Trials III: the Defence An account of the Orinsay Trials of 1891, in the wake of attempts by crofters to resettle the farm; from Tional, 1996. previous For the defence, Donald MacMillan a cottar and fisherman from Crossbost testified that the... 42652
The Orinsay Trials IV: the Second Trial An account of the Orinsay Trials of 1891, in the wake of attempts by crofters to resettle the farm; from Tional, 1996. previous On the following Tuesday, 20th April 1891, the second batch of fifteen cottars took their... 42653
The History of Harris Tweed From Gleanings, The Genealogy of Kinloch, Isle of Lewis by Kinloch Historical Society, from records in the archives of Angus Macleod, Calbost/Marybank. The art of weaving is one of man's most ancient occupations, dating... 38018
Worship in Uig Written by Maggie Smith for Hebridean Connections Sea Roads for Faith Isabella Macdonald (1861-1956) and her three sisters Annie, Mor and Dolina lived in Tobson in Bernera (Teaghlach a Gheinach) In their young days the... Yes 8724
Conditions of Emigration from Lewis Extract of a letter from AC Buchanan, Emigration Department, Quebec, November 26, 1851 to J Fleming, Factor to Colonel Gordon, South Uist. In the summer of 1851 the Barlow and the Marquis of Stafford carried a number of... 49138
Letter to Mackenzie: Letting Mealista in 1836s A letter dated 1836, from Thomas Knox, Chamberlain of the Lews at Seaforth Lodge to J A Stewart Mackenzie of Seaforth, MP, the Proprietor. Mealista was cleared in 1838 and the farm let to John Macrae of Kintail (and... 66221
Kelp Industry in Uig The kelp industry in Lewis had a short-lived but productive existence from about 1760 to 1836. It gave the people an opportunity to earn some money (useful for paying their rent) and proved lucrative for the proprietor... Yes 40719
Education in Pairc Angus Macleod, Calbost and Marybank, on education in the district. Gaelic was the first, and indeed the only language in Park. There was no formal schooling available in any language. In 1796 a small English thatched... 45979
Herring Girls from North Lochs (Dewar Report) The Dewar Commission took evidence of the state of healthcare, and other social matters, around the Highlands and Islands in 1912. Mrs Isabella Burns, wife of the schoolteacher in Fidigary School, Crossbost, gave... 61882
Hebridean Kelpers By RW Letich, unidentified periodical article In the late 1700s, the Highlands and Islands had but one material to contribute to the great industrial expansion which was transforming the south: this was kelp, the... 40710
John Munro and the Saighdeirean Mac a'Mhinisteir John Munro, Iain Mac a' Mhinisteir, was the only son of the Rev Hugh Munro,minister at Bailenacille for fifty years; a son of the manse with a taste for adventure, he obtained a commission in the new battalion of the... 71622
Influenza in Uig Excerpts from Stornoway Gazette and West Coast Advertiser, Local and District News. November 8, 1918 'FLU - The Valtos district is meantime infected with a malevolent form of influenza. Both young and old are smitten... 60445
Angus Gillies' Footprint The Bernera Gillies originally came from Strond in Harris. There were three brothers who left Harris, for what reason is not known. One came to Bernera, one went to Uig, and the third to Siadar in Ness. The earliest... Yes 11647
Escape from an emigrant ship A translation of a Gaelic tape recording by Iain G Macdonald relating how his grandfather, Donald Macdonald, and Angus Macaulay, Croir, helped a man from Barvas escape from an emigrant ship - likely the Barlow, as Calum... 49661
Churches and Schools in Harris, 1792 Rev John Macleod, Harris, gave the following account of churches and school in his parish for the Statistical Account of 1791-1799. In this enormous parish there are seven stated places of public worship; the two... Yes 58365

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