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TITLE
Aignish Memorial, Isle of Lewis
EXTERNAL ID
PC_BRANLEY_RAIDERS_AIGNISH_2
PLACENAME
Aignish
DISTRICT
Lewis
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Stornoway
DATE OF IMAGE
17 December 2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Stephen Branley
SOURCE
Stephen Branley
ASSET ID
21987
KEYWORDS
memorials
monuments
land wars
crofters wars
Aignish Memorial, Isle of Lewis

This memorial is built at the site of the former Aignish Farm, the place of confrontation between the crofters and the landowners, to commemorate a phase of the highland land struggle.

On Christmas Day 1887, the crofters of Point met and decided to give the farmer at Aignish two weeks to vacate the farm before they would drive the cattle off and reclaim the land for crofts. When they raided the farm on 9th January 1888 they were met by Marines and policemen. Fighting broke out and Sheriff Fraser read the Riot Act. With the arrival of a company of the Royal Scots the riot dispersed. Thirteen men were arrested and tried in Edinburgh. They were found guilty of mobbing and rioting and given sentences ranging from six months to fifteen months.

It wasn't until 1905 that Aignish farm was finally, officially broken up for crofts.


Design

The Design reflects the idea of confrontation and takes the form of two stone structures of local stone approx 4.5 metres in height, each with a flat face from which jagged stones protrude. These pillars have curved backs and taper in towards the top. The jagged stones face each other, reflecting the aggression and tension of the event.

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Aignish Memorial, Isle of Lewis

ROSS: Stornoway

2000s

memorials; monuments; land wars; crofters wars

Stephen Branley

Isle of Lewis photographs by Stephen Branley

This memorial is built at the site of the former Aignish Farm, the place of confrontation between the crofters and the landowners, to commemorate a phase of the highland land struggle. <br /> <br /> On Christmas Day 1887, the crofters of Point met and decided to give the farmer at Aignish two weeks to vacate the farm before they would drive the cattle off and reclaim the land for crofts. When they raided the farm on 9th January 1888 they were met by Marines and policemen. Fighting broke out and Sheriff Fraser read the Riot Act. With the arrival of a company of the Royal Scots the riot dispersed. Thirteen men were arrested and tried in Edinburgh. They were found guilty of mobbing and rioting and given sentences ranging from six months to fifteen months.<br /> <br /> It wasn't until 1905 that Aignish farm was finally, officially broken up for crofts.<br /> <br /> <br /> <b>Design</b><br /> <br /> The Design reflects the idea of confrontation and takes the form of two stone structures of local stone approx 4.5 metres in height, each with a flat face from which jagged stones protrude. These pillars have curved backs and taper in towards the top. The jagged stones face each other, reflecting the aggression and tension of the event.