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Significant Scots
Angus MacLeod

Born in the then populous and overwhelmingly Gaelic-speaking but now almost deserted rural settlement of Calbost, Angus left school at 14. During his long life he was a crofter, seaman, Harris Tweed manufacturer, founder of the Scottish Crofting Union, and the driving force behind the memorials to the heroes of the Land Struggle. His passion was the history and culture of his people, many years before this became fashionable, and his collections of stories, objects, and recordings are a remarkable record of one man's vision and a most valuable resource for future generations.

Angus "Ease" Macleod and Mrs Macleod, receiving the MBE in the New Years Honours, 1987

See The Angus MacLeod Archive
It reflects Angus's encyclopaedic interest in crofting, fishing, genealogy, place-names, settlement history, the Clearances, the Land Struggle, ceilidh-house stories, and every facet of social, religious, and economic life which contributed to the rich Gaelic-speaking environment in which he was brought up. While much of the material is about South Lochs, the themes covered are of much wider relevance.

The Archive collection includes manuscripts, books, maps and charts, oral history records, videos, recordings of traditional music, and old photographs of island life. Much of the material is in Gaelic. The Calbost Collection of physical artefacts collected by Angus Macleod does not form part of the Archive and is currently on loan to the Museum in Stornoway.

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