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Bacach Abroad

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation we are not holding our usual autumn/winter lectures this year. Instead we're hoping to have a series of interviews carried out over the internet and premiered on our Youtube channel.

The first of these interviews went live on the 29th of September at 7:30pm and featured Iain "Tohan" Macleod, speaking from his home in New Zealand.

The interview, largely in Gaelic, is conducted by Comann trustee (and broadcaster) Kenny Maciver, and features stories from Iain's young days growing up in Coll and Gress, as well as from his time working in mills all over the country.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgMmpUfqXYE

Memories of Vatisker required

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Ian Quigley, a committee member of the Comann who has family ties to Vatisker, is researching a book on the village. Please get in touch if you can tell us anything at all about the village itself, or those who lived there. Any photographs of it or its people would also be hugely appreciated. Read more…

Memories of Vatisker required

Ian Quigley, a committee member of the Comann who has family ties to Vatisker, is researching a book on the village. Please get in touch if you can tell us anything at all about the village itself, or those who lived there. Any photographs of it or its people would also be hugely appreciated.

Send your recollections to the special email address or connect with the project on Facebook at facebook.com/vatisker-memories.

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.

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

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

At the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

At the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

At the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

At the inaugural lecture (18/01/19)

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

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

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 (2018/19)

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

Current committee members (2018/19)

  • Mairi Graham*
  • Mary Ann Graham*
  • James MacArthur*
  • Cathy Macinnes*
  • Donna Mairi Maciver
  • Kenneth A Maciver*
  • Murdo Macleod*
  • Iain Murray
  • Ian Quigley
  • Anne Ramsay*
  • Coinneach Smith*
  • Margaret Stewart*
  • Colin Tucker

* charity trustee