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Project summary
Restoration of church at Ui which has very strong MacLeod connections. Extent of ACMS involvement would be donation of funds.


Background of project
The Ui Church, six miles from Stornoway, is said to be the burial ground for 19 chiefs of the MacLeods of Lewis. One of them is commemorated on a carved gravestone now propped against the wall. Another carved slab, which has Celtic designs, is thought to be for his daughter. The church  
Photo from CMS Scotland website.
is reputedly built on the site of a cell occupied by Saint Cartan in the 7th century. (This text courtesy of the Charlie Barley website.)

Planning applications have been filed by Urras Eaglais Na H-Aoidhe with the Western Islands Council Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in June 2006 and February 2007.

More information on the project is available from the website of the Uidh Church Trust. Note that theGaelic word "Uidh" (for Ui) is pronounced like the English word "eye". 

Some additional historical information about the ecclesiastical history of the site is available from the Papar Project.

The ruins of the Church at Ui can be found here, near Aiginsh.