Last year, Sally Reynolds, the development officer for Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh (Carloway Estate Trust) organised a project involving the John Muir Trust for school children to plant trees with the trees supplied by the Woodland Trust. 

For the completion of this project, the John Muir Trust presented the community with three wooden bench seats – one each for the villages of Carloway, Tolsta Chaolais and Breasclete.

It was decided to locate the Tolsta Chaolais seat near the junction of Shiader Road and the main village road and place a commemorative plate on it in remembrance of Alexander Angus Macleod who was lost on HMY Iolaire on New Year’s Day 1919.

The bench’s location is only a few yards from where Alex Angus lived in Tolsta Chaolais and is part of the Bonnet Laird Walk which was also established by the Carloway Estate Trust.

On Wednesday 16th September the Rev Duncan MacAskill, Carloway Church of Scotland, and himself a relative of Alex Angus, unveiled a commemorative plate in a short ceremony accompanied by Angus Macleod, Chairman, Carloway Community Council, and his wife Cathy. 

Because of new Covid-19 regulations only residents from two households were permitted to attend.

Sincere thanks were extended to all those who helped and contributed towards this project. 

A special thanks also to all the businesses who kindly contributed materials for the establishment and completion of this installation.