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Story about the MacLeods and Stewarts as proprietors of Harris, 10 July 1870

Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/53

Scope and Contents

Story about the MacLeods and Stewarts as proprietors of Harris [Na Hearadh/Isle of Harris], telling how the last MacLeod was 'simple' and 'easily advised' and was persuaded by Donald Stewart a shepherd from Perthshire living in Pairc/Park, Eilean Leòdhais/Isle of Lewis to make him the factor. From there he got Loscintir and 'soon extend[ed] his pos[session]' clearing 'Sheilebost, Nisebost and the Borves - Na Buiridh' [Losgaintir/Luskentyre, Seilebost, Niosabost and Na Buirgh]. 'Even the bury[ing] place the Seilebost people had he plowed till skulls were rolling ab[ou]t & bones cover[in]g the ground like stones. Horrible barbarity.' The story continues that he used fifty or sixty soldiers to clear people to the disgust of one of his sons who would have nothing to do with Stewart and became a missionary. A good deal of Harris was farmed by the Stewarts 'and they soon ruined the poor proprietor'.


  • Creation: 10 July 1870

Language of Materials

Gaelic English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 64 folios ; 19.5 x 23 cm