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Historical Events

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Iolaire Disaster The Iolaire left Kyle of Lochalsh on 31 December 1918 for Stornoway, carrying naval reservists coming home on New Year's leave or demobbed from the Royal Navy, apart from a few Mercantile Marine seamen. Early on the... Yes 14576
First World War The First World War (1914-1918), also known as the Great War or World War One, had a tremendous impact on the population of the Western Isles, despite their remoteness from the theatres of battle. On Sunday 2 August ... Yes 8680
Emigration on the Metagama The Metagama was a CPR steamship that plied a route between Scotland and Eastern Canada; on Saturday 21 April 1923, she sailed from Stornoway with 300 young Lewis emigrants on board, all but 20 of them young men, with... 27104
Antwerp Expedition An ill-fated five-day battle in Antwerp during October 1914 in which heavy casualties were incurred. It also let to the internment of hundreds of Naval Reservists and the taking prisoner of others.. 40360
Highland Clearances The 'Highland Clearances' occured throughout the Highlands and Islands. After Culloden the clan system broke down and the estate owners realised that more income could be gained from transforming the existing... 23618
Napoleonic Wars A series of wars begun in 1803 by Napoleon 1 in his bid to conquer Europe. They ended in 1815 when he was defeated at Waterloo by Wellington. Many Islanders saw service in all corners of the empire with the Seaforth... 35986
Battle of Auldearn The Battle of Auldearn took place on 9 May 1645 near the village of Auldearn in Nairnshire. It was one of the engagements of the Scottish Civil War between the Royalists (mostly Royalist Irish mercenaries and Highland... 27934
First Boer War The Boer Wars, or South African Wars, developed out of tensions between the British colonies and Afrikaner or Boer settlements of the Orange Free State and the Southern African Republic. The First Boer War was fought... 14119
Bernera Riot For centuries the Bernera Crofters had the grazing and their summer sheilings on the moor at Beann a Chuailean, stretching from the Uig road to the shores of Loch Langabhat and Coirgerod. In 1872, after sporting estates... 14652
Highland Land League The first Highland Land League, also known as the Highland Land Law Reform Association and the Crofters Party, emerged as a distinct political force in Scotland during the 1880s with its power base in the Highlands and... 13547
Land Dispute - Valtos and Kneep The tenants of Valtos and Kneep in West Uig were by the 1880s increasingly frustrated by the actions of the landlord and their agents regarding their tenancy. In 1883 they rose up to defend their rights and the severity... 21852
Ministers in Uig The first post-Reformation minister in Uig was Rev Ronald Angusson, admitted 1572. The parish of Uig was joined with that of Lochs in the 16th century, but was separated in 1722. The parish included all of the west... Yes 41604
Park Deer Raid Trial in Edinburgh The Park Deer Raid Trial in Edinburgh, 1888Scotsman newspaper Notices were served yesterday on six of the men charged with complicity in the Deer Raid, calling on them to appear before the Sheriff of Ross, in Stornoway... 60867
The Clearance of Orinsay Extract from the Inverness Courier, 15 June 1842: Deforcement of the Law Another of those painful scenes which lately have been too prevalent, connected with the removal of Highland cottars, took place on the 21st of... 40511
The Orinsay Drownings On the fateful morning of 13 February 1945, the four Orinsay men left home early and joined a number of other vessels fishing in the area. One by one, the other boats returned to shore and the crew of four was left... Yes 40522
Park Deer Raid, 1887 An account of the Park Deer Raid of 1887 from the notes of Angus Macleod, Calbost and Marybank. There had been a great deal of unrest prior to 1887 throughout the whole of Lochs because of land hunger due to the rising... 15014
Battle of Maida The Battle of Maida, fought on the 4th July 1806 in Calabria, Italy, was one of the battles in the Napoleonic Wars. The British defeated the French. The Seaforth Highlanders (78th) were involved, and many Lewismen saw... 35987
Egyptian Campaign (El Hammed) Cogadh na Tuirc, the "Turkish War", was the local Lewis term for the Egyptian Campaign of 1807. On 22 April 1807 at El Hammed, Lt Col Peter Macleod leading the British met a huge Ottoman army, led by Muhammed Ali, in... 60640
Peninsular War The Peninsular War 1808-1814 was a major conflict during the Napoleonic Wars, fought in the Iberian Peninsula with British, Spanish and Portugese forces fighting against the French. A lively account of the experiences... 19702
Falklands War (1982) The Falklands War was a conflict between Britain and Argentina over the ownership of the Falkland or Malvinas Islands, off the southern tip of Patagonia. Argentina had been expelled from the Falklands by the British in... 10414
Gulf War 1991 The Gulf War, precipitated by Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, was fought in January and February 1991 in the Gulf of Arabia. British troops formed part of the multinational force. 23245
The Epic Battle of Wick The Epic Battle of Wick or "Sabaid Mhor Wick" as it is still referred to in Lewis started on 27 August 1859 between Lewis fishermen and East Coast fishermen. This was the only time in the annals of the Scottish herring... 36223
The Lewis-Harris Boundary Dispute The unclear demarcation of the boundary between the estates of Lewis and Harris was the cause for two sets of hearings in 1805 and 1851. Initially pursued by Alexander Hume, Esquire of Harris, against The Right... 18831
Second Boer War The Second Boer War was fought from 11 October 1899 to 31 May 1902, between the British Empire and the two independent Boer republics of the Orange Free State and the South African Republic, after the Boers declared war... 39580
Jacobite Rebellion The Jacobite cause was devoted to the restoration of the Stuart kings in Scotland and (after 1707) England, in response to the deposition of James II/VII in 1688. The Battles of Killiecrankie (1689), Sheriffmuir (1715... 38311
The Fife Adventurers In 1598, King James VI granted a Crown Charter to a group of men from Fife, giving them ownership of the Isle of Lewis, hitherto in the control of the Clan Macleod and known as a place of feuding and lawlessness. The... 65016
The Reef Incident It was in 1893 that the islanders of Berneray, frustrated with the continuing existence of Borve Farm, decided to express their views forcibly, by waylaying tacksman Roderick Campbell's cattleboat. They stopped his boat... 73820
Battle of Loos A British offensive on the Western Front during the First World War, with massive casualties. Tthe Battle of Loos formed a part of the wider Artois-Loos Offensive conducted by the French and British in Autumn 1915,... 24368
Battle of Vimy Ridge Comprising a famed attack upon the heights which crucially overlooked the plains of Artois, the Battle of Vimy Ridge saw the Canadian Corps sweep away firmly entrenched German defenders on 9 April 1917. Some 12km... 13140
Battle of Narvik The Battles of Narvik were fought from April 9 until June 8, 1940 as a naval battle in the Ofotfjord and as a land battle in the mountains surrounding the north Norwegian city of Narvik as part of the Norwegian campaign... 60365

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