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Memoirs of Rev Col AJ Mackenzie IV: the School at Kinresort An extract from the memoirs of AJ Mackenzie, born Kinlochresort in 1887. The responsibility of providing for the education of the young at Kinlochresort was undertaken by the Free Church of Scotland or at least by their... 51543
Memoirs of Rev Col AJ Mackenzie VII: First Trip to Stornoway An extract from the memoirs of AJ Mackenzie, born Kinlochresort in 1887. In those days there was only one way of getting to Stornoway. That was by John Gibb's mail gig which went three times a week as far as Garynahine... 51544
Murdo Macdonald of Crola Compiled by Maggie Smith for Hebridean Connections Murdo Chrola One of the most educated men in Uig oral tradition was Murdo Macdonald (Murchadh Chrola) who had very limited formal education. Murdo was born on the 13... 8655
Memoirs of Rev Col AJ Mackenzie V: Uig Lodge An extract from the memoirs of AJ Mackenzie, born 1887 in Kinlochresort. The next day dawned a bright and beautiful spring morning. None of us ever forgot the glamour of that first April morning in sight of our new home... Yes 38693
Memoirs of Rev Col AJ Mackenzie II: Seventh Son An extract from the memoirs of AJ Mackenzie, born 1887 at Kinlochresort. I was my parent's seventh son. I underline that because it carried a distinction that belongs to my story. When the news of my advent was noised... 38691
Memoirs of Rev Col AJ Mackenzie III: Kinlochresort An extract from the memoirs of AJ Mackenzie, born 1887 in Kinlochresort. The place where I was born, Kinlochresort, is as remote a hamlet as can be found in the country. Including ourselves, it comprised five families.... Yes 38692
Memoirs of Rev Col AJ Mackenzie I: the Gamekeeper's Family An extract from the memoirs of AJ Mackenzie, born Kinlochresort in 1887. My father was a gamekeeper who worked on the Gruinard Estate (Wester Ross). It happened he had made the acquaintance of two brothers named Paget... 38689
The Cattleman of Santiago John Montgomery (Seonaidh an Tailleir) was born on 29 January 1877 to John Montgomery and Margaret Smith, 50 Balallan. John went to Chile at the age of 19 in 1896 as Manager of 'Mina Rica' in Magellanes, in partnership... 36735
A Herring Girl from Crowlista Christina MacDonald, 25 Crowlista, Uig , Isle of Lewis relates her memories of packing the barrels at the herring industry. Gaelic version When you went to the herring for the first time, you had to be signed on with a... 51538
Dewar Commission & Report The Dewar Commission of 1912 was an investigation into the state of healthcare provision in the north of Scotland. Evidence was taken from doctors, ministers, schoolteachers, townspeople and crofters all around the... 61879
Letter from Kenneth Macleod A letter from the Rev Kenneth Macleod to his niece, Seonag Aonghais Bhain before departing on his last mission to China in November 1920. He died of cholera in September 1921. London 2 November 1920 My dear Joan, We... 45984
An Ceistear Mor na Loch An account of the life of An Ceistear Mor na Loch, from North Lochs Historical Society Murdo Macleod was born in Habost, Lochs in 1811. His parents John Macleod (Iain Ruadh Og) and Margaret (nighean Alasdair Thormoid)... Yes 47465
Catechist Murdo Macleod, Lochs An account of the life of Murdo Macleod, from "The Men of Lewis, Part 2" by the Rev Norman C. Macfarlane. MURDO MACLEOD'S father was one of the early lights of Lochs. When the Rev. Malcolm Macritchie (Garrabost) was... Yes 45991
Kirsty and Alastair Kirsty agus Alastair, Gubh Gradh Innleachd - as told by Angus Macleod, Calbost and Marybank. Usually there was a moral to the stories told in the village Ceilidh House and romance had a prominent place on the agenda.... 44870
Angus Macleod in the Peninsular War An account by Angus Macleod, Calbost and Marybank, of the adventures of Angus Macleod, 12 Gravir, during the Peninsular War. The Earl of Seaforth misjudged the situation and supported the losing side in the Jacobite... 60654
Friends from across the sea Excerpt from Stornoway Gazette and West Coast Advertiser LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS: UIG April 5th, 1918 FRIENDS FROM ACROSS THE SEA: One of the few pleasurable results of this terrible and miserable war is the occasional... 64691
Crofting in Geshader I: the people and places Interview with Finlay Maciver, Geshader & Carishader, November 2004. Geshader cultivation, beyond the crofts Behind croft No 6 Geshader there was a walled area called Leas Chonnich Fhionnlaigh. Kenneth Maclean had... Yes 8594
The Fast Lady: a Coronation Race An account of the Coronation race in 1902, by Malcolm Macinnes The fishing boat, SY150, was well known in Gravir in the early year of this century. She was called the 'Mary' and, because of the slender shape, she was... Yes 634
Caileach an Deacoin, a Comedian From Gravir Murdo Matheson from Gravir, South Lochs was well-known throughout Lewis as the entertainer Cailleach an Deacoin. The name Murdo Matheson doesn't instantly conjure up any particular images in the mind, but mention the... Yes 11029
Nicolsons in Uig Willie Matheson (Mac Gille Chaluim) wrote in his Families of Lewis series that Nicolson was "perhaps the oldest surname in Lewis" and that Macleods came into possession of the island by marriage into the family. The... 45611
Teaching at Planasker School An account of Planasker School, Marvig by Mona Fraser (nee Macleod), Carrgraich, Harris: I vividly remember my first journey to Marvig. It was 1947 and I took the bus from Tarbert to Balallan where I waited to catch the... Yes 44872
Murder of the Mealista Men Excerpt from Tales and Traditions of the Lews, by Donald Macdonald In the long, long ago, there was a boat, manned by Mealasta men, that went for a load of timber to the woods in the neighbourhood of Gairloch, and no... 61446
The Building of the Loch Risay Lobster Pond Although there are many lobster ponds throughout Lewis and Harris, this example is unique both for its size and length of use. We do not know who first built a pond or where the idea came from but this must be one of... Yes 11598
Morrisons of South Lochs Six Morrison brothers settled in South Lochs at the beginning of the 19th century. It is not known definitely where the family originally came from but tradition associates them with Uig, Lewis, although the seat of the... 44740
Emigration From Calbost from the Angus Macleod Archive, Kershader: by Angus "Ease" Macleod. Voluntary redundancy became very popular in Lochs towards the end of the 19th and particularly during the early years of the 20th Century. Employment... 16871
Shops in Marvig Like many villages in Pairc, Marvig had quite a few shops over the years. These villages had a great many people living on each croft and it was not unusual for someone plying regularly to Stornoway with their boat to... 44877
Thou Shalt Eat Bread An article by Kenneth John Smith, 1 Earshader from the "Eilean an Fhraoich" annual. WHEN Adam and Eve fell from the state in which they were created they were given the command: Thou shalt eat bread'. There is no doubt... Yes 1177
Minor Unrests Extracts from the Scotsman newspaper, 1888 concerning land issues January 11, 1888 Yesterday Coll crofters marched into Stornoway and sought an interview with Lady Matheson. They presented a petition asking for the... 60865
Smart living in Balallan in the 1900s This article was contributed by Joan Morrison, 20 Balallan for the Kinloch Historical Society In 1886, when the croft at 20 Balallan was split, Malcolm Macleod who had a business Buth a Cheannaich moved to 20a and built... Yes 40821
Shops in Balallan Shopping in Balallan During the early 20th Century, Balallan was well provided for by the numerous shops which were found scattered throughout the township. In those days, travelling by foot was not easy as the roads... Yes 37693

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