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The Maciver and Morrison era at Cunard Line

First Cunard sailing advertised
on 2 July 1840

By Fred Silver

The role of two Lewis families in the setting up and operation of the internationally renowned Cunard Line in the 19th Century was very great.

The Macivers and the Morisons, linked by marriage and seafaring traditions that extended from Stornoway to Liverpool and beyond to North America and Jamaica, had, through their shipping and merchanting companies, a major role in how Cunard – officially called the British & North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company – developed.

Charles Maciver, married to Mary Ann Morison, became the manager of the company, as it became the leading mail and passenger line on the North Atlantic. For more than 30 years, he was consulted regularly by government officials and was a principal witness at several major Parliamentary Inquiries. By the 1860s, he was Cunard’s largest shareholder.

Two generations of ship-owning Macivers moved south from Stornoway during the 18th Century. Two Macivers, believed to have been first cousins, were trading in kelp from Lewis to Liverpool in that era. John Maciver married in 1752, and he had sons William, Peter and Iver, and records survive, for example, of a shipment of kelp sent from Lewis to Messrs Iver and Peter Maciver, of Liverpool in 1798. John’s father, also called Iver, is said to have moved to Dunoon at the start of the 18th Century.

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Precious keepsake returns to family hands after 100 years

Colin Scott Mackenzie presents the historic locket to Mandy Darling

By Eilidh Whiteford

For more than 100 years, a Victorian locket waited to be reunited with someone called Darling in a story that spans three generations and two continents.

“It’s left me with wonderment and a sense of awe and mystery of the universe,” said Stornoway resident Mandy (Amanda) Darling, as a quest, which began long ago on the plains of Patagonia, reached its end when she was given her great-aunt Maggie Darling’s sweetheart keepsake.

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Showcase weeks for Uist artists

By Iain A MacSween

A special exhibition lasting for three weeks will again showcase the best of Uist art this summer.

‘Art on the Map’ is an annual event, run by the Uist Arts Association. Held at Taigh Chearsabhagh arts centre, in Lochmaddy, the exhibition officially opens on the evening of Friday June 17, and is on until Saturday July 9. Alongside the exhibition at Taigh Chearsabhagh are special studio events, with participating artists opening their doors to anyone who is interested.

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Landscape and light inspire Anthony


By Eilidh Whiteford

After 22 years in the Western Isles, artist Anthony Barber is still inspired daily by his adopted home.

And with works previously exhibited at the National Gallery for Scotland with the RSW (Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour) and the RSA (Royal Scottish Academy); as well as at the Mall Galleries in London through the RSMA (Royal Society of Marine Artists) and Discerning Eye exhibitions, Anthony is delighted to showcase what he finds so fascinating about island landscapes to a wider audience.

Born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1962, Anthony studied architecture and design in West Yorkshire, pursuing his joy of sketching and painting both in Yorkshire and whilst holidaying in Scotland’s various west coast islands.

His love of islands took over in 1994 with a move to the Isle of Lewis, where he and his wife settled at Port of Ness.

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Keeping Beauty as a wonderful memory…

Suzan Visser-Offereins has been painting portraits of people for more than 30 years. She says that from the start at home in The Netherlands: “It was amazing how people opened up and told the story of who they were. Their faces lightened up when telling about their work and lives, their family, what they have loved so much.

“To me it is always a challenge and an honour to try to capture the being of that person.”

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