Well, the feeling was, we were very happy that the cairn was erected at the time it was erected, because it is part of the history of a famous township, not only in this island but throughout Scotland. People heard about the crofters’ struggle and particularly what happened in Aignish. There was a feeling, I suppose people needed to remember their history - how did Aignish come into being - the village came from the Aignish tack that we are familiar with today. But I think that in relation to the world in which we live today, things have changed greatly. It is not, it is not a crofting township. A huge number of new houses have been built. The place is so near Stornoway that people use it just like as they say a ‘dormitory town’, where people live but do not at all mix with the community. A huge change has come over the village, even since I came home to live in ’78 - it is not the same village. People do not keep ... a few keep animals and the land is used for sheep and a few cattle. It is not, no it is not the same village at all. And there are people in the village, people who were old when I came home, who have died or moved away. So it is a different Aignish to the Aignish at the time of the Aignish riot.

  • Alasdair Macleod
Monday 15th February 2010