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Story about Mr Finlay [MacRae] from Vallay, 14 July 1870

Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/104

Scope and Contents

Story about Mr Finlay [Rev Finlay MacRae], Vallay [Bhàlaigh, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] probably collected from Margaret MacDonald, Malacleit/Malaclete, telling how he harangued the new Free Church minister of Harris [Na Hearadh/Isle of Harris] shortly after the Disruption declaring that he was the rightful minister and that 'if the people did not return to the church & disown the F[ree] C[hurch] they would fall up there & crush them like midges'. The story continues that MacRae would not allow anyone to be married who had Free Church tendencies or allow any of his 'dear brethren' to do so either and so a man 'had to go by boat all the way to Auinsui & fr[om] there by foot over the hills to Stornoway to get mar[ried]' [Abhainnsuidhe, Na Hearadh/Isle of Harris, Steòrnabhagh/Eilean Leodhais/Isle of Lewis].


  • 14 July 1870

Language of Materials

Gaelic English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 64 folios ; 19.5 x 23 cm