The Oban Times - - Districts -

URRAS Eaglais na h-Aoidhe has re­ceived £ 5,700 from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund (HLF) for an ex­cit­ing project, Un­der­stand­ing Our Com­mu­nity’s Past.

This is part of a wider project – Build­ing a Fu­ture from the Past – based on Eaglais na h-Aoidhe (St Columba’s Ui Church and grave­yard) which is lo­cated at Aig­nish in the Isle of Lewis.

Made pos­si­ble by the Na­tional Lot­tery, the project fo­cuses on a geo­phys­i­cal sur­vey, the re­sults of which will lead to a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the ar­chae­ol­ogy and his­tor­i­cal de­vel­op­ment of the church and its en­vi­rons, and its im­por­tance to the com­mu­nity.

Urras Eaglais na h-Aoidhe was founded in 2001 and its aims are to safe­guard, con­sol­i­date and con­serve St Columba’s Ui Church.

The church is a me­dieval sched­uled an­cient mon­u­ment and one of the most im­por­tant ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites in the Isle of Lewis.

It is be­lieved that no fewer than 19 mem­bers of the clan Ma­cleod of Lewis are buried here and one of the most sig­nif­i­cant carved grave slabs is that of Rod­er­ick Ma­cleod, sev­enth chief of that clan, who died in 1498.

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