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TITLE
Aignish Memorial, Isle of Lewis
EXTERNAL ID
PC_BRANLEY_RAIDERS_AIGNISH_3
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
21988
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.

The Aignish riot of 9 January 1888 was one of the most potentially disastrous confrontations of the period, especially running so soon after the Pairc deer raiders 'riot'. At the Aignish farm site a flag was unfurled to summon the people and an estimated 500 men had gathered in a short time, some with the intention of driving away all cattle and sheep from the farm. Those animals which they did not succeed in driving into the sea they crippled by breaking their legs with clubs. Policemen and marines who arrived on the scene were pelted with stones and the raiders were only dispersed after being confronted at bayonet point by a detachment of the Royal Scots Regiment. The riot act was read out in English and Gaelic and by the end of the day 11 people were arrested and were imprisoned in nearby Stornoway. After the crowd had driven the sheep and cattle some distance they turned them back and past the farm


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 /> The Aignish riot of 9 January 1888 was one of the most potentially disastrous confrontations of the period, especially running so soon after the Pairc deer raiders 'riot'. At the Aignish farm site a flag was unfurled to summon the people and an estimated 500 men had gathered in a short time, some with the intention of driving away all cattle and sheep from the farm. Those animals which they did not succeed in driving into the sea they crippled by breaking their legs with clubs. Policemen and marines who arrived on the scene were pelted with stones and the raiders were only dispersed after being confronted at bayonet point by a detachment of the Royal Scots Regiment. The riot act was read out in English and Gaelic and by the end of the day 11 people were arrested and were imprisoned in nearby Stornoway. After the crowd had driven the sheep and cattle some distance they turned them back and past the farm<br /> <br /> <br /> Design<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.