Tuesday, 15 January 2013


The Monach Islands or Heisgeir, photographed here in 1887 by Erskine Beveridge, has had two phases of inhabitation. The first was from about 1000 AD until 1810 when a population of around 100 was maintained. Re-settlement took place and by 1861 there were 127 residents. However, by 1942 all had gone, bar the lighthouse-keepers. The village, just south of Ceann Ear, supported a school, post office and a missionary, but no shop. These priorities meant that goods had to be brought the six miles from North Uist or, as it was known, 'the big island'.

Scottish Islands Explorer - two phases; black & white from 2000-02, then colour

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