Chessmen return home to Uig

Comhairle Convener Alex MacDonald and councillor Annie MacDonald (Vice-Chair Sustainable Development) say farewell to the Lewis Chessmen as they leave Stornoway.

Comhairle Convener Alex MacDonald and councillor Annie MacDonald (Vice-Chair Sustainable Development) say farewell to the Lewis Chessmen as they leave Stornoway.

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THE first visit to their Hebridean home for 29 Lewis Chessmen in a decade has been hailed as a triumphant success after it emerged more than 21,000 people have come to see them since the exhibition opened in April.

Since the discovery buried in the sands of an Ardroil Beach, Uig, in 1831, the chessmen, expertly carved from walrus tusks, have generated tremendous interest and intrigue.

The 29-pieces of the 90-found in Uig have been on display in Stornoway’s Museum nan Eilean since April but on Tuesday this week six of the Chessmen, a knight, pawn, warder, king, queen and bishop, were back home in Uig for a flying visit to Comainn Eachdraidh after their residency in Stornoway ended a day before.

Pictured are Comhairle Convener Alex MacDonald and councillor Annie MacDonald (Vice-Chair Sustainable Development) say farewell to the Lewis Chessmen as they leave Stornoway.