Walls and Millionaires

If history has taught us anything it is that people will always find their way around barriers to achieve their goals, eventually.


The land raid memorial, Gress. When industrialist millionaire Lord Leverhulme bought the Island of Lewis in 1918 he thought that he could do away with the traditional crofting way of life and replace it with an industrial capitalist system. Returning soldiers who had suffered the horrors of industrial World War in the trenches and their families had other ideas and refused to bow down to his dictat, refusing to accept the imposition of a culture alien to their values so they made land grabs to re-establish the crofts that they had been promised during the war by government. This memorial celebrates their victory in 1922 when the land was taken over by the Board of Agriculture and divided up into 100 crofts.

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