Callanish Village History

Callanish Village History

  The Story of 12 Callanish   Introduction:   It might be thought that, as a location, Callan... Read more
The Earlier Village

The Earlier Village

Whatever the shape taken by the settlement of Callanish in later years, prior to 1850 it appear... Read more
Changes at Callanish

Maclennan'sIn the days of the old farm there were many families living in the group of cottages near the farm or tacksman's house. In or about 1820 a total of twenty four such families were listed, including four with the surname of Young. Donald Young had two small children, a son and a daughter, John Young had three children, Murdo two, and a widow Young 3 children. Two other families were MacDonald's. From the parish registers it is clear that well before 1851, the year of the first properly legible census, MacDonald's had been in Callanish for a long time. Among ten separate families lists in that year one may have been that later associated with no.12.

 


Around 1850 a programme of laying out lots - virtually crofts - was undertaken in the Callanish district. A Corrected list in 1850 preceded a New Rental of the same year and gave the names of those who held lots on a yearly basis and may have been until very recently the subtenants and cottars on the farm. There were thirty eight in all, and among them were at least eight Macdonald's. It seems possible that the increase in numbers might be explained either by cottars becoming lot holders or by incomers. Also present was Donald Young, occupying lot or croft no.12, for which he paid M.17s under the New Rental, considerably more than most of his neighbours. In the census of 1851 Donald Young was shown to be aged 58 and his wife Mary 60; unusually though perhaps not surprisingly they bad a servant, Hay (or Henrietta) MacLean. Donald's son Angus was also living in Callanish at the beginning of 1851 but by October he and his family were in Canada and he was advising his father to follow them. It appears that Donald Young did emigrate as there was no Young family left in Callanish in 1861.


In 1851 the number of crofts in Callanish had risen to approximately 41, this further small increase suggesting that lotting continued and that occupants were either previously landless cottars or incomers from Reef and Valtos, much of which area had been cleared. Over the next few years those from Garynahine and other parts of Uig parish mentioned by John MacKenzie in 1883 probably arrived to fill up vacant lots or crofts. Perhaps they included a certain family of MacDonald's.

 

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