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St Columba's Churchyard

Roderick Macleod VII

St Columba's (Uidh), is important, not only for its Church, but for its internationally significant Cemetery.

Two intricately carved stone grave slabs adorn the internal wall of the Church, lifted from the ground to reduce the effects of weathering. One slab, depicting a warrior in mail armour wearing a pommelled sword and carrying a spear commemorates , the last of the Macleod Chiefs, who died in 1498 and is buried below the Church floor.

On the opposite wall is another grave slab in a Celtic design with interwoven patterns of foliage and animals. The Latin inscription around the edge has long since become illegible but once read, "Here lies Margaret, daughter of Roderick Macleod of Lewis, widow of Lachlan MacKinnon, died 1503".

As many as 19 Macleod Chiefs may be buried in Uidh. William Mackenzie, the 5th Earl of Seaforth, once lay below the pavement to the north of the Church but it is feared that his remains have now been lost to the sea. John Morrison, a lieutenant with Nelson at the Battle of Cape Trafalgar (1805), died in 1827 at the age of 49 and is buried within the Church.

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