07. Old Soldiers of Uig

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In the early years of the 19th century young men of the district recruited to fight abroad in the Napoleonic Wars. Some of whom returned home blinded but with high status and some wealth. This story is located in the township of Crowlista. Important aspects of the social life of the place were being transformed around the time of their return: whole townships were to be cleared of their population so as to create new farms.