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This blog is the result of my ongoing research into the people, places and events that have shaped the Western Isles of Scotland and, in particular, the 'Siamese-twins' of Harris and Lewis.
My interest stems from the fact that my Grandfather was a Stornowegian and, until about four years ago, that was the sum total of my knowledge, both of him and of the land of his birth.
I cannot guarantee the accuracy of everything that I have written (not least because parts are, perhaps, pioneering) but I have done my best to check for any errors.
My family mainly lived along the shore of the Sound of Harris, from An-t-Ob and Srannda to Roghadal, but one family 'moved' to Direcleit in the Baighs...

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Saturday, 3 July 2010

Kebock Head or A' Chabag

I wrote previously about how the Crest came to be wrecked off Kebock Head on the Isle of Lewis and thought that I'd add a couple of links.
The first is to three recent photographs of the headland as seen from the sea - a fearsome sight!:
The second is a dramatic account from 1925 of the sort of seas that face sailors in the area
http://www.electricscotland.com/books/hebrides30.htm taken from Behold the Hebrides
by Alasdair Alpin MacGregor.
I don't know when the light was installed at Kebock Head so if anyone does, please get in touch!

The Hydrographic survey 1849-1856 compiled this beautiful chart:

Note: Modern Mariners have access to information such as this: http://www.anchorageworld.com/content/kebock-head


  1. The lighthouse at Kebock Head is referred to as Milaid Light and was installed in 1912. Further mariners' info can be seen on http://bit.ly/9cQ1GO. The Northern Lighthouse Board http://www.nlb.org.uk have very limited info on this light. It is mentioned in the lead-up to the sinking of HMY Iolaire in 1919.

  2. Many thanks for the info. Using it I have now found another photo of the light - http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/799804 - and a page of NLB images too - http://www.geograph.org.uk/gallery/lighthouses_8677 - two of which appear to be to the same modern cuboidal design.