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Memories of Hellisay

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Isle of Hellisay memories


I was broutht up at 16 Bentangval with my grandfather Phoom, also my grandmother. I have great memories. I believe the house has now been knocked down and a new house is there now. I have not been there for 33 years.

Happy Days

Dun an Sticer 1963, North Uist
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Spent many happy days walking over the stepping stones to 'my castle'. Listening out for the large rocking stone to warn of invaders! Wandering by the Dun where the swans still nest generation after generation. Now less to be seen above ground level but it is still a place to enthrall the child within and touch the heart with warm memories of Newtonferry, friends, family and carefree days.

Lingerbay, Growing up

I was brought up in Lingerbay in a house that I believe was built by my grandfather in 1926. The family are still in that house and there have been many changes to it over the years. There in the family home were eight children - four girls, four boys. And, from my own recollections a happy childhood was had by all.

Finsbay Lodge

I have enjoyed visiting Harris ever since 1970. I was fascinated to learn that there had been a large and charismatic fishing lodge/hotel at Finsbay; even more odd was the fact that its origin and history were hardly known. I delved into its history, and it was remarkable to find that this had been one of the largest fishing organisations ever in the UK, founded by a group of prosperous, but highly philanthropic and wide-thinking, Glasgow businessmen who formed a company, The Hebridean Sporting Association Ltd, in 1903. Local people in the South Harris community supported the venture which was greatly beneficial to everybody concerned. It provided a lot of employment and probably marked the start of a new era of welcoming visitors to the Isle of Harris.  

Unfortunately, the financial aspects were over-ambitious. When the First World War was declared, visitors to Harris were virtually embargoed, yet the Hebridean Sporting Association's rents and leases still had to be paid. Financial failure became inevitable, and the fine Finsbay... Read more

Stayed in Quidinish

My father Ewen Mackay was born in Quidinish. He came to New Zealand after the Second World War and died in Dunedin in 1958, aged 35 years. In 1991 my brother Ian MacKay, his wife Pauline and I travelled to Harris to meet our family and see where our father had spent his early years. My thoughts of our time there are tinged with sadness as my uncle Allan MacKay and aunt Rebecca Gillies (my father's siblings) have since passed away.

Peace on Earth

First visit, New Year 1972/73 with Donald McIntyre [Donald Baan] brother of Rory, sons of Mary & Rodger. Continued every Hogmany till 2002/3. Moved to Colonsay 2003, Craig Mhor, built 2004/5, health, and incomers deteriated so had to return to England [reluctantly], fond memories of good friends, my heart lies there.

My Grandma

My Grandma was born and grew up in Balallan. Her grandfather (My great-great grandfather) Montgomery? started the first school in Balallan.

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