Butt to Barra District News 18/10/12


Latha na ceisd - On the Friday of the Ness Communion week the scripture texts given for the men to speak on in the fellowship meetings were as follows.

In the Free Church Continuing Donald Morrison Elder Shader gave his text from Hebrews Chap. 11 Verse 8. In Cross Free Church the text given out by Iain Mackay Elder South Dell was Hebrews Chap. 10 Verse 39 and in the Free Presbyterian Church Angus Macritchie Elder Swainbost gave the text from Isaiah Chapter 54 Verse 13. One new member, in Cross Free Church was added to the Professing Church in Ness at this time.

Memories from the Butt – On Saturday 20th October, this week, we recommend a visit to Comunn Eachdraidh Nis in the old Cross School, when a project arranged by the Islands Book Trust related to the history of the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse will be held.

The Lighthouse has now been an important item in out local environment for the past 150 years.


Sympathy – We’ve had two funerals here, a weekend apart, both of people from Uig who left home in their youth for the necessity of earning their living and although settled in the city, maintained their close ties with home and family through the years and whose passing leaves beautiful memories but a very empty place in their family circles.

On Thursday October 5th, we gathered in the Free Presbyterian Church, Miavaig, for the funeral of Mrs Isabella Urquhart, better known to us as Isa, younger daughter of the Smith family, of 30b Valtos.

Although she had been unwell for several months, the news of her death, in Glasgow Royal Infirmary following surgery, shocked and saddened the local Uig community as a better outcome had been hoped for.

We extend the heartfelt sympathy of the community in their great loss, to Bill Urquhart, her husband of 45 years now left alone in the family home in Renfrew, to her son, Murdo, and daughter, Iseabail, to her brothers, Donald John, in Valtos, Donald in Dingwall, John in Glasgow and all family members.

The funeral service at Miavaig was conducted by the Rev. Angus Smith [ret’d], assisted by Rev Stephen Mathews, Eneclete, praise was led by John Hector Macleod, Crowlista.

A funeral service had been held on 3rd October in Glasgow, at St Jude’s Church, Woodside Road, where Isa and Bill had been faithful adherents over the years. Interment was at Valtos Cemetery.

On the following Tuesday, the funeral service of centenarian Angus Smith was held in the Church of Scotland, Miavaig, conducted, in the absence of the minister of the congregation, Rev Hugh Stewart, by Rev Stephen Mathews, ret’d, Eneclete, who was assisted by Rev Roddy Morrison, Timsgarry.

Praise was led by John Hector Macleod, Crowlista and Angus Graham, Barvas. Angus’s long life came peacefully to a close at the Isle View Nursing Home, Aultbea, where he had been resident for some years, close to his daughter Mairi, and son in law Finlay Macneill.

He was the eldest of nine, of the Smith family of 7 Eneclete, and formerly of Ungisiader, and spent his working life in the shipyards of the Clyde.

Through the years, the Smith home there was well known to Lewis people for its hospitality but the outstanding thing about Angus was his consistency in keeping close touch with family and friends here as long as he was able to.

He last visited Eneclete three years and was at the Lochcroistean School re-union.

The sympathy of the community is extended to his daughter, Mairi, his son, Robert, and their families, to his brother Peter and family, Eneclete and sister, Kennag and family, Point and to the whole close family in this bereavement.

Many of the wider family were present at both the funeral and wake services. Interment was at Ardroil Cemetery.

The beautiful lectern, presented by Angus’s family to the Church of Scotland in celebration of his centenary, will serve as a permanent reminder of his long life.

A poignant and moving committal of ashes took place at Ardroil Cemetery on 5th October when the casket of David Swan, of Alloa, and originally of Dundee, was laid to rest.

David was the husband of Margaret Matheson of 6 Ardroil and was a frequent visitor here over the years.

A funeral service was held at Alloa at the time of his passing. Sympathy is extended in their sad loss to his grieving wife, Margaret, to his sister and relatives and to all the members of the Matheson family.

At time of writing this, news has just been received here with sadness, of the death of Mrs Annie Maclean, at her home in Erskine; her funeral is expected to take place there later in the week.

Her 90th birthday was celebrated with her family just a week ago. She was the widow of Neil Maclean of Timsgarry and the eldest daughter of Malcolm and Nellie Morrison, of 8 Mangersta, with her home in Glasgow since her marriage 65 years ago.

She and her family have also maintained close links with Uig. Sympathy is extended to her family, daughters Ann and Catherine, her son Malcolm and their families, to her sisters, Mrs Maribel Macphee, Stornoway, and Mrs Kathleen Macdonald, Reef, and to all the wider family circle.


Còisir Ghàidhlig Chàrlabhaigh - All the best to the Carloway Gaelic Choir, who compete at the Royal National Mod in Dunoon on Thursday 18th October (Today). Gur math a theid leat!

Carloway Football Club - An end of season report can now be read on the club’s website - www.carlowayfc.co.uk


Congratulations - We send congratulations to Karen and Derick Macleod who recently got married in Free Church of Scotland, Kinloch by Rev D Macdonald with the reception afterwards in the Caberfeidh Hotel. Karen is the youngest daughter of Angus and Mary Macdowall, Habost. The young couple are to set up home in Balallan.

Belated congratulations go to Amanda Maclean and Paul Murray who got married in Inverness with the reception in the Drumossie Hotel. Amanda is the grandaughter of the late Neil and Barabel Macphail,12 Gravir.


Services – In the absence of the Minister, who was assisting at the Snizort Communions, services in Scalpay Free Church (Continuing) on October 7th were conducted by Rev. John Keddie, Bracadale. Last Sunday services in Scalpay Free Church were conducted by Donald John Macleod.

Pupil Council – On the Sir E. Scott Secondary Pupil Council representatives from Scalpay are Daniel Macleod, Alexander Morrison, Michael Macloed, Sam Mackinnon and secretary Anne-Marie Mackenzie. We wish them all well as they take up their term of office.

School opening and Prizegiving – On Tuesday 9th the new Sir E. Scott school was officially opened by Mrs Morag Munro, Scarista, retired Chairperson of the councils Education and Children’s Services Committee and a former pupil and teacher at Sir E. Scott.

Afterwards she presented prizes, the winners from Scalpay being as follows: Harris Tweed Authority prizes for progress; Secondary one – Mairi MacKinnon; Secondary 2 – Caroline MacKay; Bank of Scotland Junior Dux Prize – Gemma Finnegan; James Macintosh Memorial Award for Gaelic Learners – Jonathan Macleod. Well done all of you. Rinn sibh uile Glé Mhath!