THE story behind Lewis’ key land struggle events, told by islanders themselves, is the topic of Trusadh series documentary ‘The Land Raiders’.
Viewers are invited to join writer Joni Buchanan as she explores the history behind the four landmark monuments which commemorate key land struggle events in Lewis – The Parc Deer Raid in Balallan (1887); The Aiginish Riot, Point (1888); The Gress Raids in Back around 1915, and The Reef Raiders in Uig (1913).
These events shook the establishment to its very core and resulted in new legislation that ultimately led directly to the recent land reforms.
This year work started on the island’s fourth monument – a stunning new landmark sculpture ‘Suileachan’, an innovative community project in Uig to commemorate the struggle of past generations against evictions and the efforts to repossess their land; those who took direct action – the Reef Raiders.
Amongst those who Joni meets is Donald John ‘Finn’ Morrison from Uig, whose grandfather was one of the raiders; and historian Dr Jim Hunter, who has written extensively on the history of the Clearances and Land Struggles from the perspective of the Highland people.
The documentary also features commentary from Will MacLean, the renowned artist who designed all four monuments as he explains what inspired him to each individual design.
Trusadh: The Land Raiders, was produced by MacTV for BBC ALBA and will air on the Gaelic channel this Monday, December 3rd, at 9pm