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Jemma Brannigan

Cairn (Memorial - Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides)

Memorial Cairn - Pairc Deer Raiders - Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK

The cairn pictured above - was built In 1994. It was designed by an artist Will Maclean and was built by a stonemason Jim Crawford. It commemorates the crofters of the Lochs area who dared to speak up against the land owners and in the end their protest is seen to have been one of the most influential that was ever to be made. The memorial that looks at first glance like a simple stone structure, designed looking like an upturned barrel, actually incorporates a circular stair with a viewing platform which overlooks Loch Erisort.

The crofters inspiration was a local man called Donald Macrae, who was a Balallan schoolmaster, who committed his whole life to Highland Land Law Reform movement and to assisting the oppressed crofters

Balallan, Baile Ailein (means Allan's Town) , a lovely village situated at the head pf the sea loch Erisort. This now peaceful village was the centre in 1887 of fight (all be it peaceful) that took place as the local crofters fought to keep their crofts as land owners wanted to convert many many acres of sheep land into sporting deer parks and this beautifully built cairn that was erected in memory of the events that took place and the Lochs heroes. - Isle of Lewis History

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