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Stories, Reports and Traditions

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Old Ways and Days By Murdo Macleod, Murchadh Dhomhnaill Chalum, 2 Kershader. In my young days, the district (Pairc) was very much an island within an island, as the overland route to the Stornoway-Harris road at Balallan was over very... 45973
The Story of the Bernera Bridge It is almost certain that if the bridge to Bernera had not been built, there would be nobody living in Bernera today. There are many small islands around these shores that once had a thriving population, but are today... 107350
Gobha na Hearadh The name, the qualities and the works of John Morison (Gobha na Hearadh), the famous blacksmith, catechist and hymn-writer, who was born in Rodel in 1790, are very well known throughout Harris and Lewis. John Morison... 107500
Norse Mills in Lewis Extract from the New Statistical Account of the Parish of Lochs, 1833 The mills in Lewis are probably the greatest curiosity a stranger can meet with on the island. There is scarcely a stream along the coast, on any... 107908
How Benelehen got its name This original legend was told to Anna Mackinnon by Roderick Maclean (Ruaridh Phadraig), 8 Timsgarry. It is a traditional record and the date is totally unknown. Baile na Cille cemetery was banked up with sand, obviously... 108492
Robert the Bruce in Hiding 1306-07 This is an extract from page 335 of John of Fordun's Chronicle of the Scottish Nation, detailing Robert the Bruce's time as a fugitive during the winter of 1306 to 1307. It is believed that he found refuge in the... 108771
The remains of mac Dhomhnaill Ghlais MacLeod A paper by Captain FWL Thomas, written in 1871, provides further information about the remains of mac Dhòmhnaill Ghlais MacLeod, who was slain at the Battle of Carinish: The young leader was buried in the ‘temple’ at... 109095
Cunntas air Teampall na Trianaid, Cairinis Toiseach na h-eachdraidh. Is i Teampall na Trianaid ann an Càirinis, coisrigte dhan Trianaid Naomh, an t-ionad eaglaiseil as cudromaiche an Uibhist a Tuath.  Chan eil fios le cinnt cuin a chaidh a togail. A rèir cunntas... Yes 109135
An Account of Teampall na Trianaid The following is taken from a leaflet published by Teampall na Trianaid Conservation Association. A Gaelic version of the text is available here. ORIGINS Teampall na Trianaid at Carinish, dedicated to the Holy Trinity,... Yes 109136
Charter of Inchaffray 1389 A Hebridean Parish includes, on page 15, a translation of the original Latin. Among the Charters of Inchaffray there is one which was granted by Godfrey, Lord of Uist, dated at Eilean Tirrim Castle, 7th July, 1389,... 109406
The downfall of Uisdean MacGhilleasbuig Chleirich Two extracts tell of the downfall of Hugh MacDonald, Uisdean MacGhilleasbuig Chleirich, who plotted against his uncle, clan chief Donald Gorm Mòr MacDonald. The first comes from page 48 of The Clan Donald: About the... 109424
Murder of the MacVicars This extract from Hebridean Heritage tells of the murder of the sons of Donald MacVicar by Hugh MacDonald: The reforming authorities on the mainland arrived at the conclusion that as long as the MacVicars were in power... 109425
Images before conservation of Teampall na Trianaid A selection of images of Teampall na Trianaid taken in July 2009 before the start of conservation work. Yes 110409
Images before conservation of the MacVicar Chapel A selection of images of Teampall Clann a' Phiocair taken in July 2009 before the start of conservation work. Yes 110412
Images during conservation of Teampall na Trianaid This selection of photographs was taken between June and October 2011, during conservation of the temple.  Yes 110444
Images following conservation of Teampall na Trianaid A selection of images taken once conservation was complete. Yes 110468
Marie of Dunkirk/ Marie de Dunquerque Summer 1874, Crowlista One early summer’s day in 1874 the people of Crowlista were planting barley when they saw, approaching the bay, a fully rigged ship in sail coming in to anchor at Poll Gorm, considered to be the worst anchorage in Camus... 110992
Brenish to Tamanavay Walk The following account was related by Robert A. Burden of Cheshire recalling a walk he took in 1955. On my second day on Lewis in 1955, l walked by road from Stornoway to Ardroil, where I had been told by my friend... 116871
Drowning of Neil Bethune of Berneray This tale is as related to George Paterson of Canada, who visited Berneray in 1919 and spoke with elderly tradition bearers on the island:  Neil Bàn was a ship builder and was married twice but we are unsure of the... 117368
Lambs grazing on Grianam While grieve for Sir Norman MacLeod in the years up to 1651, Gilbride Morrison would  graze his lambs on the island of Grianam. On one occasion a tenant of Baile mhic Phail, Monro mac ean vane Haundy sent four sheep to... 117486
Dispute over dead seal Once a MacCuish from Uist happened to be on either Grianam or Rangas at the same time as three servants of Sir Norman MacLeod of Berneray. The three servants had come across a dead seal, which MacCuish offered to buy... 117490
March between North Uist and Harris The boundary between North Uist and Harris was fixed during a legal case that took place in the 18th century.  As outlined in The Grianam Case, it follows the following route: "The march enters from the waters of the... 117503
From Habost to China An account of the life of Kenneth Macleod (1871-1921) 10 Habost, Missionary to China. Habost to China is a considerable undertaking even in modern times with the advantages of travel agents, aeroplanes and the knowledge... Yes 45982
Drowning at Lochran Dubh May 1865 Alexander MacLeod was drowned along with his son Duncan MacLeod, James MacCuish and John MacCusbic in 1865, when his boat struck Lochran Dubh in the Sound of Harris and capsized in a storm.   67573
Race to Opisay, 1910 An account of the race can be found in the book An Ribheid Chiuil, written by Alick Morrison: A race apart are the boat owners in Berneray; they have the means to conquer the geographical isolation of the island. They... 75791
Sgoth Niseach A Sgoth or Sgoth Niseach is a traditional type of clinker-built skiff with a dipping lug rig, a lateen style sail, built mainly in Ness, Isle of Lewis. The boats were used as traditional fishing boats, particularly for... 110266
Return of Prisoner of War Summation of an interview conducted by Carloway Historical Society with Norman James Macleod, recounting his experiences as a prisoner of war in the Second World War; a recording of the interview is held in the archive... 114538
George Clark - the Bernera years : shoes, boats and lobsters The following article is by Dr John A Macrae, the son of Dr Malcolm M Macrae who was a friend of George Clark. John Macrae and his family had met George whilst holidaying in Kirkibost in the early 1950s, and also... Yes 120719

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