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Stories, Reports and Traditions

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Lily Ferguson's education Lily Ferguson (Lily Mhorsgail ), now Mrs Macdonald, born 1918, lives at Kinlochroag in Uig. Lily was the daughter of Finlay Ferguson a gamekeeper who worked at Morsgail Estate for thirty years. She married Calum... Yes 51533
Marriage of Angus Macdonald and Katie Ann Macleod Stornoway Gazette, Uig District News Friday, February 20th 1920: GESHADER WEDDING On Thursday 5th inst. Mr. Angus Macdonald, eldest son of Mr John Macdonald, 3 Geshader, Uig, was joined in wedlock to Miss Katie Ann... 60502
Marriage of Kenneth Macdonald and Christina Macdonald Stornoway Gazette, Uig District News March 28, 1919: GESHADER - WEDDING BELLS On Thursday,13th inst. Miss Christina MacDonald, daughter of John MacDonald, 3 Geshader, was married to Kenneth MacDonald, 5 Carishader. The... 60503
Harsh lives of the Macleods of Lewis Roderick Macleod, the last of the Macleod chiefs of Lewis, was married three times. His first wife, a Mackenzie from Kintail, bore a son, Torquil Conanach. Roderick refused to acknowledge the boy, believing him to be... Yes 36399
The Taking of the Priam In the early 16th Century there was conflict between the Macleods of Lewis and the Mackenzies and from time to time when things got too hot for Neil Macleod, he would take his family and followers on to Berisay, a small... 36370
A Typical Hebridean Wedding Account of a typical Hebridean wedding in the 1930s Ma tha thu airson do mholadh, baisaich; ma tha thu airson do chainneadh, pos! (If you want to be praised, die; if you want to be criticised, marry!) A typical old... Yes 38063
Training of Submarine Crews at Tavay Island, Keose by members of Kinloch Historical Society Destined to play a key role in the D-Day landings were the Midget Submarines or X Craft whose daring crews, along with the crews of the "Chariot" Human Torpedoes, trained in... 8975
The Navy in Keose In 1942, in response to an Admiralty call for volunteers to be trained for particularly difficult and dangerous operations, a number of men were recruited from the Navy and Royal Marines. The men, who were required to... Yes 38002
Old Homesteads in Cromore The last 'blackhouse' in Cromore that was lived in was at No 17 Cromore - Tigh Louis. This was a popular tigh ceilidh with a fire in the middle of the floor. It was the home of Louis Mackenzie and was occupied by Peggy... Yes 43759
Pipe Major Peter Roderick Macleod, Aird Uig Written by Maggie Smith for Hebridean Connections Behind the Conundrum At each piping recital, accordion or melodeon evening on the island of Lewis and beyond, at least a couple of the following tunes are played and... 8729
The Boatbuilders of Cuiriseal Cuiriseal was a small coastal settlement near Kebboch Head, known for its tradition of boatbuilding. The builders were Smiths by name and successive generations of them followed that vocation until the present century.... Yes 40566
An 18th Century Battle An 18th century tale from WC Mackenzie, retold by Kinloch Historical Society. In the mid 18th century when Mr Colin Mackenzie (Cailean Dearg - Red Colin) was Factor of Lewis, Kenneth Mackenzie (Coinneach Ban - Fair... 38134
Five Macdonald Brothers, 22 Valtos: A War Story Written by Maggie Smith for Hebridean Connections One Family of Heroes In the Second World War, five Macdonald brothers from the village of Valtos, Uig served at sea. Their uncle John Macdonald, who was in the Merchant... 8679
Croft Housing in Calbost I by Angus "Ease" Macleod, Calbost; from the Angus Macleod Archive. A crofter is a tenant of his croft land, not the owner, and therefore until the passing of the Crofters Act in 1886 giving crofters security of tenure,... 16873
Croft Housing in Calbost II by Angus "Ease" Macleod, Calbost; from the Angus Macleod Archive. previous An efficient system of central heating was achieved by placing the peat fire on heat absorbing stone slabs set in the middle of the floor of the... 44736
Angus Ferguson: Memories of a POW Camp Angus Ferguson, 30 Laxay, was held Prisoner of War in Germany from 1940-1945. He was a regular soldier at the outbreak of War and arrived in Stornoway on a Saturday night, coming home on leave. He was met on the pier by... 36153
The Sheep Year in Valtos and Cliff, Uig In years gone by, practically all the sheep belonging to Valtos and Cliff spent the winter on the hill grazings, out as far as the Morsgail boundary, but in those days they were all hardy Blackfaces. Nowadays some... Yes 44996
Fishing at Cromore Fish was the staple diet of Cromore people and this made the sea of prime importance. Inland lochs were used for trapping fish and it is believed that Lochs Beag and Mor nam Bodach were used for this purpose. Both lochs... Yes 43757
Cromore Fisher Girls Herring gutting was a valuable seasonal source of employment for the girls and women of the fishing villages of the Scottish Islands and round the Scottish coast during the 20 years or so, the period ending with the... Yes 43756
Socks for the Boys (Uig) Excerpt from Stornoway Gazette and West Coast Advertiser LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS - UIG November 29, 1918 SOCKS FOR THE BOYS - Mrs Allan MacKenzie, Uig Manse, has forwarded fifty three pairs of socks which have been... 19400
Socks for Soldiers (Uig) Excerpt from Stornoway Gazette and West Coast Advertiser LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS - UIG Friday January 18, 1918 SOCKS FOR SOLDIERS - The girls of the townships of Valtos, Kneep, Carishader and Mangersta have sent,... 19398
Comfort for the Boys (Uig) Excerpt from Stornoway Gazette and West Coast Advertiser LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS - UIG Friday March 8th, 1918 COMFORT FOR THE BOYS - Mrs Allan Mackenzie, Manse, has received a letter from the Association of Highland... 19399
Tribute to Sgt John Macleod, Cameron Highlanders, by his sister The verse below was found amongst family papers after Mary Bell Macleod died in Detroit, U.S.A.   Sergeant John Macleod. Cameron Highlanders, killed in action at the Battle of Loos In Loving memory of my dear brother... 37655
A Sad and Sudden Death at Enaclete LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS - UIG Excerpt from Stornoway Gazette and West Coast Advertiser February 24, 1921 DEATHSAt 2 Enaclete, Uig, Stornoway, on the 9th February, William Malcolm, youngest and beloved son of Alexander... 37645
Captain M S Macdonald Excerpt from an article that appeared in the Hebridean Murdo Stewart Macdonald was the 6th child of John Macdonald 'an Domhnullach' of Tigh a Chaolais. An Domhnullach was the son of Donald Macdonald, tacksman of Little... 49465
Children's Diet (Dewar Report) The Highlands and Islands Medical Service Committee (1912) Report to the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury drew conclusions from evidence gathered by the Dewar Commission's enquiry into the state of... 61881
Granny Macleod's Kitchen Fare These traditional recipes appeared in the 1999 and 2001 edition of Dioghlum CEANN CROPAIG (STUFFED FISH HEAD) 6oz fish liver2oz medium oatmeal1 dessertspoon plain floursalt and pepper Put livers in bowl and cover with... 40708
Hebridean Fare An account of traditional Hebridean cooking by Jessina M Macdonald, Arivruach, published in Dioghlum, Nov 1999 With only basic ingredients and utensils to use on an open peat fire, cooking was therefore mainly plain but... 39755
Letter on the Death of Captain John Mackay Letter from R Macdonald, Australia, to Mrs Jessie Maclean on the death of his friend and her brother Captain John Mackay (1872-1919) of 31 Valtos, who has worked in Australia but returned home when his health failed.... Yes 64699
Presumed killed - Malcolm John Macritchie Excerpt from Stornoway Gazette and West Coast Advertiser LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS - UIG March 24, 1944 PRESUMED KILLED - It was with deep regret that the people of the district learned that Mr Peter MacRitchie, bus owner... 19321

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