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Naidheachdan News

Book Launched

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Thanks to all who came to the book launch on Friday, great to see such a good turn-out.

The book is now available to buy via our store and in local outlets.

Well worth a read!

New book!

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Nine Archaeological Walks in Sgìre a’ Bhac is a new spiral-bound book from the comann now available in our online shop and at Gordon Diesels. Read more…

New book!

Nine Archaeological Walks in Sgìre a’ Bhac is a new spiral-bound book from the comann now available in our online shop and at Gordon Diesels.

It is a compilation of nine reports written by local archaeologist Ian Mchardy. As part of his survey of Sgìre a’ Bhac he led groups of volunteers on walks into the moor, from Gress to Upper Coll. You can read about what they found, and perhaps be inspired to mount expeditions of your own. (The project was made possible by funding from Comhairle nan Eilean’s Crown Estate fund.)

Call for old video film

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Do you have any old 8mm video "cine" film of Back? Thanks to a kind volunteer we are now able to digitise your film (and make it available on our Youtube channel if we can). Read more…

Call for old video film

Do you have any old 8mm video "cine" film of Back? Thanks to a kind volunteer we are now able to digitise your film (and make it available on our Youtube channel if we can).

For full details on how to get your film to us, contact the comann via the usual channels at the bottom of the page.

Meeting agendas

read latest agenda Read the most recent PDF agenda from our monthly meetings (or dip in to the archive).

Goireasan Resources

As we digitise resources — text, images, video and audio — we aim to make as much as possible of them available here.

  • Old History and Crofting of Gress (PDF) — a booklet published by the old Comunn Eachdraidh Sgìre a’ Bhac with a lot of interesting information.
  • Tobar an Dualchais — some of the recordings from this audio archive that are from, or about the Back area.
  • Small pamphlet produced to mark the opening of the commemorative cairn at Upper Coll.
  • One of the periodic newsletters produced by the old Comunn, undated but probably from the late 1980s.
  • Another Comunn newsletter, this time from March 1986.
  • A third Comunn newsletter, this one dated June 1988.
  • PDF form to record aspects of the social history of the area - consider filling it in!
  • PDF membership forms (becoming a member is free and helps support the work of the society):

Gailearaidh Dheilbh Photo gallery

Some pictures from Comann events are in the gallery below.

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The audience at the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

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The audience at the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

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At the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

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At the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

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At the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

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At the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

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Bill Lawson at the launch of his latest book, Vatisker Croft History (11/12/18)

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At the Vatisker Croft History book launch (11/12/18)

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At the Vatisker Croft History book launch (11/12/18)

Mu ar deidhinn About us

Comann Eachdraidh Sgìre a’ Bhac (Back Historical Society) SCIO is a voluntary, non-profit organisation set up to preserve and share all aspects of the history, culture and traditions of the Back area, in the Isle of Lewis.

The Comann meets monthly to discuss projects and also organises local lectures and events in Gaelic and English.

We are a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), and our charity number is SC049033. Our constitution may be read here (PDF).

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Current office-bearers (2022)

the Comann trustees
  • Chair: Anna Tucker*
  • Vice chair: Donald I Macdonald*
  • Treasurer: Catherine Margaret Macinnes*
  • Secretary: Anne Macarthur*

Current committee members (2022)

  • Kathryn Graham*
  • Mary Ann Graham*
  • James MacArthur*
  • Cathy Macinnes*
  • Kenneth A Maciver*
  • Murdo Macleod*
  • Iain Murray
  • Ian Quigley
  • Anne Ramsay*
  • Coinneach Smith*
  • Anne-Louise Stewart*
  • Margaret Stewart*
  • Melanie Mackay*
  • Colin Tucker*

* charity trustee