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Colin Foran
From: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Sent: Wednesday, August 08, 2012 at 20:16:36

I stumbled upon this site and was amazed to see my Grandfather in one of the old school photos, Norman Macleod. He was born and raised in Brue. My grandmother Margaret (Paterson) MacLeod lived at 3 brue. They left as teenagers and settled in Western Canada. I visted in 1988 with my grandmother and met many cousins and uncles/aunts. Had a wonderful time and would love to return one day. I wonder if my people still inhabit 3 brue, but even if they don't, I am dropping by for tea. (have you guys got a Starbucks yet?)

From: Campbell River, BC, Canada
Sent: Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 22:17:19

What a lovely website! I am descended from Mathesons and McLeods of Barvas - I really hope to get there someday!

From: Kittery Point, ME USA
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 18:51:14

What a thrill to find your website due to "googling" for further information regarding a man mentioned in John Macleod's "Banner in the West". My ancestors include MacKay, MacLea and Robson. Someday, God willing, I will be able to pay a visit.

John G. and Jule M. McRae
From: Bradenton, Florida US
Sent: Tuesday, June 01, 2010 at 20:20:25

Great website. I just found it today. My Grandmother was Mary
"Campbell" Smith McRae, nee Smith, Born abt 1855 in Barvas. We have
been to Lewis several times looking for ancersteral sites and family
connections. My grandfather, Murdo MacRae came from Back, Lewis. They both emigrated to Quebec, Canada at different times and were married in Compton, County, Quebec. Subsequently, they migrated to Michigan, Alcona County, US. We are always searching for new family connections.

David Cavanagh
From: Adelaide, South Australia
Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 09:15:01

Great website, my family on my mothers side the Macaskill's
came from Barvas. I have been researching their family for many years
and this website makes real the connection to Lewis and Barvas although
I am half the world away in Adelaide. Through the photos alone I can see
why my Macaskill's settled in Southland New Zealand with very similar
weather and countryside not that they would have known that before they left in 1874.

Andrew Macleod
From: Skelmersdale, Lancashire
Sent: Monday, December 07, 2009 at 14:07:39

Reminding me of my peat cutting days in Shawbost long time ago. Well done keep it up.

David Smith
From: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Sent: Friday, April 24, 2009 at 22:38:29

Your site is fantastic!! A hearty "well done" to all of those involved. My entire paternal line is from Lewis and my great grandmother, Mary MacIver came from Barvas in 1863 to Ontario, Canada I will be visiting Barvas again this summer and look forward to meeting my many relatives. Excellent job.

James Donald Finlayson
From: Conrad, Montana, USA
Sent: Friday, February 13, 2009 at 18:49:23

My great-grandfather, Angus Finlayson emigrated in the late 1800's with his friend Donald Graham to the USA. I would love to visit the Isle of Lewis someday.

Donnie Macleod
From: 32 Gravir, Isle of Lewis
Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2009 at 20:08:03

My first time on this site. My Father was Murchadh Suichean, 7 Park, Barvas. Great Website.

Bonnie (McLeod) Anderson
From: Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada
Sent: Sunday, November 02, 2008 at 15:56:42

I've started to research my heritage of the MacLeod's.  My Grandfather and Grandmother were from the Isle of Lewis.  Grandpa was born at 9 Brue, and I have found out I have a third cousin living at 9 Brue.  My Dad's Uncle Donald MacLeod lived there when he went back to Scotland from the homestead at Gull Lake, Saskatchewan.  I understand that the original house is still standing, but another one has been erected.  I've looked at the Gallery pictures on the site, and they are just lovely.  I hope to get to Scotland sometime before I have to say "adios" to this world.  If you can arrange it, more pictures would be great.

Kenneth MacLeod
From: MacLean NSW Australia.
Sent: Sunday, November 02, 2008 at 03:48:25

Tha 'Fios a Bhaile innteanach agus tha e dha 'ar cumail dluth ri na  tha tachairt a' Barbhas agus a' Bru agus 'ar daimheanas a huile aite. (formerly of 45 Lower Barvas) Tha sibh a deanamh sgaiteach. Excellent work.


Sheila McKay
From: Gibbons, Alberta Canada
Sent:Saturday, November 01, 2008 at 17:04:05

It's my first time on the website, but I hope to learn more and more about where my ancesters were born and raised.  I was there in Spring of 2003 and want to come back and visit soon.  If anyone there is reading this, please say hello to Mairi Morrison from Lower Shader for me. 

Alister Iain MacAskill
From: Sydney, Australia
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 08:19:49

My First look at what I believe is my ancestral home - the area (Barvas) that is on my Grandfather’s birth certificate.  My Grandfather Angus MacAskill and Grandmother Annie Young were both born in the area of Barvas and Brue. Also my Great Grandfather Malcolm MacAskill was a crofter in the area and he married Annie MacLeod.

Are there any records for the area for Births Deaths and Marriages that I could access?

Earl & Florence Wilson
Sent: 03 October 2008 20:16
Subject: Cuairtear 31

Once again you have all done a wonderful job of putting out such an interesting newsletter.  The stories of the history of the fishing rights were great.

Our grand-daughter (in Vancouver) was indeed intrigued with the island when she went there last October and keeps saying "I am going back!"  She hasn't seen the latest issue with her picture yet but she was saying a while ago she wanted to subscribe to your newsletter.  So I would appreciate it if you would mail her a copy of the current issue and put her on the mailing list. 

I will send you an international money order to cover her subscription and mailing costs at the beginning of the week. 

Thank you all and keep up the good work.  
Florence Wilson. 

John MacLean
From: Mull (originally from 31 Lower
Barvas - Iain Dhòmhnail Bhràgair)

Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 10:08:19

very interesting website - brings back loads of memories.

Coinneach Mac Uilleam
Choinnich Arnol

Sent: Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 21:35:52

Tha e a cumhad gle math!

Donald Bowler
From: Bedfordshire
Sent: 29 July 2008 17:23
Subject: First Barvas tractor


I have seen (here) an image of a Fordson F.

The text the left of the Image Reads "John Angus Matheson (John Angus Chalum ’an Chaluim), 49 Lower Barvas, was the first Barvas or Brue crofter to buy his own tractor, when, in 1945, he bought a Fordson Major similar to the one in the picture opposite."

In fact he Fordson F was made until 1929, when it was replaced by the Standard or N, which in turn was replaced in 1945 by the E27N.

You may therefore want to replace the current image of an F with one of a Fordson Major.

If you look at this site you will see the actual image of the Fordson F that is on your site , and you will also see an image of an E27N Major.

You say the Major cost about £150 new in 1945, the list price of the cheapest version was actually around £225.

I hope this is of help

Chrissie Smith
From: Ness (originally Lower Barvas)
Sent:Thursday, July 10, 2008 at

Cumaibh a' dol - chord seo rium gu h-araidh na sean phictairean sgoile.  De mu dheidhinn na 40s 's na 50s.

Le durachd