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Battle of Carinish The Battle of Carinish, Blàr Chàirinis, took place in May 1601, just one event during a bitter feud between the MacDonalds of Sleat and the MacLeods of Harris and Dunvegan. Roderick Mòr MacLeod, Chief of Clan MacLeod,... Yes 109037
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
Coronation of King George V Extracts from The Highland News, 1911 On Thursday, 22 June 1911, King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey. This occasion was marked in a special way, not only on the mainland but throughout the Islands. In our own... Yes 36141
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
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
New schools for Pairc: the Education Act The Education Act of 1872 stipulated that formal education be provided to all children between the ages of 5 and 13. The children were counted in 1873 with a view to building schools in Pairc. The five schools opened in... Yes 44881
Carloway Show An annual agricultural show in Carloway, Lewis. Yes 47178
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
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
Empire Exhibition 1938 The Empire Exhibition was held in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow between May and December 1938, and helped the Scottish economy to recover from the effects of the depression.  105366
Battle of Prestonpans The Battle of Prestonpans took place in September 1745 as part of the Jacobite uprising. An army led by Charles Edward Stuart successfully defeated the Hanoverian army.  109011
Battle of Falkirk Muir The Battle of Falkirk Muir took place in January 1746 as part of the Jacobite uprising. An army of 8000, loyal to Charles Edward Stuart, successfully defeated the Hanoverian army.  109012
American War of Independence The American War of Independence, sometimes known as the American Revolutionary War or the Revolutionary War, was the armed conflict between Great Britain and thirteen of its North American colonies which had declared... 109032
Feud between MacDonalds of Sleat & MacLeods of Harris Sometime around 1600 Donald Gorm Mòr, chief of Clan MacDonald of Sleat, rejected his wife Margaret, sending her back to her brother Roderick Mòr, chief of the MacLeods of Harris and Dunvegan. Roderick asked Donald to... 109064
Treaty of Perth The Treaty of Perth, signed on 2nd July 1266, concluded over 25 years of dispute over ownership of the Suðreyjar, the Southern Isles. King Alexander III of Scotland made payment of 4000 marks and promised an annuity of... 109716
Battle of Largs The Battle of Largs took place in the autumn of 1263. A fleet of ships sent by King Haakon IV of Norway to reinforce his claim to the Suðreyjar, Southern Isles, was moored in the Firth of Clyde when a storm developed,... 109717
Norwegian Sovereignty of the Hebrides, 1098 - 1266 In 1098, the Hebrides and Isle of Man, together known as the Suðreyjar, Southern Isles, were signed over to Norway by King Edgar of Scotland. The islands were ruled by a succession of Norwegian/ Viking Kings of the... 109852
Drowning at Gniopa, 1899 An issue of The Scotsman, dated 2nd October 1899, gives a brief account of the deaths of four men between Lochmaddy and Berneray. Fisherman John MacAskill, Iain Bàn, drowned alongside his brother John, son Alexander and... 113511
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
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
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
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II The Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II took place in the Abbey Church of St Peter, Westminster on Tuesday the second day of June 1953 14145
Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) was a military nationalist insurrection originating in Morocco, headed by General Francisco Franco, which spread rapidly all over the country. After a number of bloody battles between... 14172
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
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
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
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
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
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
Battle of the Somme The Battle of the Somme was a protracted and costly offensive that began in the Somme valley of Northern France on 1 July 1916 and continued until November, with little progress and heavy casualties on both sides, under... 23478

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