Vallay to Hougharry croft histories and lots of photos. Includes the villages of Bhalaigh (Vallay), Griminis (Griminish), Scolpaig, Baile Loin (Balelone), Baile Mhartainn (Balmartin), Baile Locha (Baleloch), Hosta, Taigh Ghearraidh (Tigharry), Hoghaigearraidh (Hougharry) and Gobhlair (Goular). 144 pages.
ISBN: 1 872598 08 0
Contains the Croft History for Malacleit (Malaclete), Ceathramh Meadhanach (Middlequarter), Dunsgealair (Dunskellor), Solas (Sollas) and Greinetobht (Grenitote) on the Isle of North Uist. 230 pages.
ISBN: 1 872598 23 4
This volume contains the Croft History for Griomasaigh (Grimsay) and Ronaigh (Ronay) in North Uist. 145 pages.
ISBN: 1 872598 35 8
This volume contains the Croft History for Orasaigh (Orinsay), Ath Mhor (Ahmore), Trumaisgearraidh (Trumisgarry), Bhalacuidh (Vallaquie), Reumaisgearraidh (Reumisgarry), Clachan Shannda (Clachan Sands), Goulabaidh (Goulaby), Baile Mhic Coinein (Newton (part)), Baile Mhic Phail (Newton (part)), Port nan Long (Newton Ferry), Caolas Bhearnaraigh (Kyles Berneray) and Boirearaigh (Boreray) on the Isle of North Uist. 157 pages.
ISBN: 1 872598 43 9
The Croft History for the villages of Baile Raghaill (Balranald), Paiblisgearraidh (Paiblesgarry), Cnoc an Torran (Knockintorran) and Baile Mor (Balemore) on the Isle of North Uist. 175 pages.
ISBN: 1 872598 53 6
The Croft History for the villages of Cille Bhrighde (West Kilbride), Taobh a’ Chaolais (East Kilbride), Gleann Dail a Deas (South Glendale), Smercleit (Smerclete), Gearraidh na Monadh (Garrynamonie) and Trosairidh (Trossary) on the Isle of South Uist. 111 pages.
ISBN: 1 872598 03 X
General history, croft histories, photos and maps of Iochdar (Eochar) on the Isle of South Uist. 136 pages.
ISBN: 1 872598 07 2
Boisdale area, north & south and South Lochboisdale. Includes Baghasdal (Boisdale), Leth Mheadanach (South Boisdale), Taobh a Deas Loch Baghasdail (South Lochboisdale), Gleann Dail a Tuath (North Glendale) and Bagh Thartabhagh (Bahartivagh). 168 pages, with maps and local history.
ISBN: 1 872598 29 3
Cille Pheadair (Kilpheder) is one of the oldest townships in South Uist. This volume contains the Croft History for this township. 116 pages.
ISBN: 1 872598 42 0
This book, dealing with the historical background to various items of interest connected with the Churches at Howmore, South Uist.
The group of ruins around the graveyard of Howmore are a testimony to the power and wealth of the Church in that area in their day. Little remains of the original two churches, but that little is still enough to impress visitors with the sheer scale and ornate nature of the buildings. Nothing is known of the early history of the site. Was it one of the early, pre-Norse, centres of the Celtic Church, or did it rise with the victory of the Gaelic culture over the Norse in the thirteenth century? John MacDonald, VIII of Clanranald, was buried there in 1584, and it is clear that the churches had been long established by that date.
ISBN: 1 872598 31 5
Index to the Marriages (Recorded and Unrecorded) in the Parish of South Uist (including Benbecula) 1820-1855
This register comprises an index to the marriages recorded in the Old Parish Registers of Marriages in the Parish of South Uist, including Benbecula, where the earliest Registers of Marriages do not commence until 1829. It contains approximately 750 entries from the Marriage Registers, and over 500 unrecorded marriages.
ISBN: 1 872598 22 6
This register comprises an index to the marriages recorded in the Old Parish Registers for the Parish of North Uist, where the OPR does not commence until 1821. This index contains over 300 marriages from the North Uist OPR and a further 500 marriages in that parish obtained from other sources.
ISBN: 1 872598 30 7
This colourful guide presents the story of life in Barra from the appearance of the first stone age hunter-gatherers up to 10,000 years ago, to the crofters of the last century. It offers a vivid account of the development of the islands, suggesting some of the most rewarding places to visit and providing clear descriptions of each site.
Keith Branigan, as Professor of Archaeology and Prehistory at the University of Sheffield, led a major campaign of archaeological investigation and excavation in Barra in the 1990s, discovering and recording hundreds of previously unknown sites. This pioneering work has made possible our understanding of ancient Barra.
South Uist, at the southern end of the Western Isles, is only 22 miles long and, even though it is without the stone circles of other Scottish isles, it is covered in archaeological sites. This well-illustrated archaeological study places South Uist within a tradition of island archaeology, arguing that this island, just like most others, is fascinating because of its isolation and for the ways in which its occupants have chpsen to make contact with the outside world. Following a discussion of the island’s geology, the book begins a chronological tour through its archaeological remnants, placing all within their historical context. South Uist is shown to be rich in archaeology from the Neolithic onwards, including chambered tombs, Beaker sites, a Bronze Age hoard, roundhouses (one of which contained a mummified human burial), brochs, cairns, ogham insciptions, Viking settlements, medieval longhouses and post-medieval industry. At times, the archaeology reveals evidence of a troubled past. Illustrated throughout and includes a list of sites to visit. 224p, 114 b/w illus, 18 col pls (Tempus 2004)
Colliding continents, erupting volcanoes and moving ice sheets are some of the ways in which the diversity of Scotland’s natural landscape was created. In the distant geological past, Scotland travelled towards the South Pole and wandered the southern hemisphere, before drifting to its present latitude. In the process it passed through all the Earth’s climatic zones. The landmass which we now call Scotland carried an ever-changing cargo of plants and animals, many of them now extinct.
The hilarious story of wartime bootlegging in the Scottish islands. Wartime food rationing is bad enough, but when the whisky supplies run out on the Hebridean islands of Great and Little Todday, nothing seems to go right. Then the fifty-thousand-bottle cargo of the shipwrecked S. S. Cabinet Minister brings salvation – in its most giddily intoxicating form.
Keith Branigan and Patrick Foster trace the development of settlement in the beautiful, marginal landscape of the southern isles of the Outer Hebrides, from 6000 years ago to the migration that saw thousands sail to North America.
176 pages (15 February 2002) Tempus Publishing; ISBN-13: 9780752419473
Tells the story of the raiders; their struggle to escape from the poverty which, they claimed, the policies of the absentee landowner forced them to endure, the raiding and settlement of the island and the fraught process of dividing it up into crofts. This book also outlines subsequent developments in Vatersay, including the causeway.
The autobiography of Scottish crofter and Gaelic storyteller, Angus MacLellan. Reminiscences of his life were first recorded – on tape in Gaelic – in the early years of the 1960s and later transcribed and translated by John Lorne Campbell into this English-language biography.
Angus MacLellan was regarded throughout his own lifetime as one of Scotland’s finest traditional Gaelic storytellers. Reminiscences of his life were first recorded – on tape in Gaelic – in the early years of the 1960s and later transcribed and translated by John Lorne Campbell into this English-language biography. Born in 1869 into a poverty-stricken crofting community on South Uist, Angus MacLellan spent his childhood and his youth with his family before travelling from the island to find work first in the militia and then on the farms of the mainland. His travels came to an end when he returned to assist and eventually to succeed, his parents on their croft on South Uist in 1896. Angus MacLellan’s memory for detail and his gift for telling should bring to the reader a vivid picture of a harsh lifestyle encompassing two centuries of dramatic change.
Early on a wartime winter’s morning in 1941, an 8,000-ton cargo ship loaded with whisky ran aground in the beautiful and treacherous seas of the Outer Hebrides. The events which followed became the stuff of folklore, and resulted in the famous fiction of Whisky Galore. But what really happened … ?
This is an extraordinary collection of tales from one of the very greatest Gaelic Storytellers, Angus MacLellan, and translated by one of Scotland’s finest Celtic scholars, John Lorne Campbell. The stories in the book include every type of tale found on the island of South Uist, from Fingalian heroes and ghost stories to international folktales and humorous and historical local anecdotes.
John Wilson was an Inspector of Schools during the latter half of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. His career in education spanned 50 years, during which time he inspected many schools in the Highlands and Islands, including Jura, Islay, Orkney, Argyll, Heisker and Iona. First published in 1928, the personal account of his experiences is both compassionate and humorous, providing a valuable insight into the social and educational conditions in the Gaelic Highlands and Islands following the 1872 Education Act.
This omnibus edition of Christina Hall’s memoirs brings together her two books, To the Edge of the Sea and Twice around the Bay.
To the Edge of the Sea is an enchanting and moving memoir; Christina Hall writes with sharp observation about her childhood on the Hebridean island of South Uist in the 1940s and 50s. Humour and anguish reflect the spirit of a girl living through a time of dramatic change in her life, her family and the land that she loves. Beginning with her earliest memories, the book recounts her life up to the end of secondary school and is set in Uist, Benbecula, Barra and Fort William.
As a sequel to To the Edge of the Sea, Twice Around the Bay follows Christina Hall’s story during her time at teacher training college in Glasgow and her return to the Hebrides, where she became the primary school teacher at South Glendale on her native island of South Uist. It is a story full of vibrancy, life and colourful Hebridean characters which recaptures with crystal clarity the joys and hardships of island life in the late 1950s and 1960s. It was during this period that the army arrived on Benbecula, and it was through them that Christina met a young English soldier. The book ends with their wedding, with faith in the future and the realisation that wherever that future might lead, the island of Christina’s birth would always be part of her.
John MacPherson, also known as ’The Coddy’, was one of the most renowned storytellers and characters of the Western Isles at the turn of the nineteenth into the twentieth century and beyond, and was the inspiration for Compton MacKenzie’s Whisky Galore. His warmth and personality shine through these stories, which are a wonderful mix of myth, tradition and anecdote.
This edition includes a large number of traditional tales told in the inimitable style of The Coddy, grouped in a number of themed sections: Tales of the Macneils of Barra and Other Lairds – The MacLeods of Dunvegan – The Laird of Boisdale – Stories of Olden Times – Ecclesiastical Traditions – Place-names – Tales of Treasure – Tales of Local Characters – Stories of the Politician – Stories of Sea Monsters – Fairies, Second Sight and Ghost Stories – Witchcraft.
For any student of folklore, for anyone interested in the traditions and history of the islands, or for anyone who simply likes a tale well told, The Coddy is essential reading. This edition is enhanced with a plate section consisting of period photographs of the Western Isles and informative notes on The Coddy and his stories.
The islands of North and South Uist, Barra and Benbecula are at the southern end of the Outer Hebrides. This guide describes everything the visitor needs to know about the islands’ heritage, landscape, climate, flora and fauna
This colourful guide presents the story of life in the Uists from the appearance of the first stone age hunter-gatherers up to 10,000 years ago, to the crofters of the last century. It offers a vivid account of the development of the islands, suggesting some of the most rewarding places to visit and providing clear descriptions of each site.
In 1954 Paul Strand and his wife Hazel spent three months traversing the rugged island of South Uist, off the west coast of Scotland. “Tir a’Mhurain” is a collection of photographs that reflects the impressions they gathered during their stay. Juxtaposing people and landscape, Strand’s beautifully sequenced photographs depict the perfect complicity he saw between nature and habitation in this wild terrain. This new edition of “Tir a’Mhurain,” which includes rare images never before published, is a true masterpiece of photography.
ISBN: 9780893819934 128 pages Hardback
Register of Emigrants from the Western Isles of Scotland Volume 2, Part 2, South Uist & Benbecula 1840-1900
This volume gives the Register of Emigrants from the Isles of South Uist and Benbecula from 1840 to 1900. Details of over 350 emigrant families whose destination has been discovered is given, in addition to another 350 families who are known to have left, but whose destination is as yet unknown. Listed by destination. 137 pages.
ISBN: 1 872598 17 X
Like all the Hebrides, North Uist has a fascinating history, and a landscape scattered with historic sites, from Neolithic burial chambers and Iron Age forts, though medieval churches and battle-sites, to townships forged in the days of kelp trade, and the subsequent traumas of clearance and emigration. Of all the Western Isles, none has closer links with the turbulent history of Clan Donald than North Uist, and stories of their chiefs and battles are linked with sites all through the island, all set in a landscape which is one of the most varied and beautiful in the Hebrides.
Bill Lawson has woven a tapestry of stories about the island and its people, drawing on formal recorded history and also the rich tradition of story and song in which the informal history of the people was passed down, but also incorporating many of his personal reminiscences of his travels through the island, to give a unique insight into North Uist and the life of its people through the ages.
ISBN-13: 9780859765954 In Stock
A Description of the Western Islands of Scotland Circa 1695 and a Late Voyage to St Kilda: Description of the Occidental i.e. Western Islands of Scotland
One of the greatest travellers in Scotland, Martin Martin was also a native Gaelic speaker. This text offers his narrative of his journey around the Western Isles, and a mine of information on custom, tradition and life. Martin Martin’s wrote before the Jacobite rebellions changed the way of life of the Highlander irrevocably. The volume includes the earliest account of St Kilda, first published in 1697 and Sir Donald Monro, High Dean of the Isles, account written in 1549 which presents a record of a pastoral visit to islands still coping with the aftermath of the fall of the Lords of the Isles.