How it all began

In the spring 2003 a group of 12-18 year olds met at the Comann Eachdraidh premises. Apart from age, the common link was that all were interested in the history and culture of the area. This group are now known as the 'Young Historians'.

The remit is wide and varied, from melodeon tuition, recording, reserching to collating information.

Our members are fairly diverse in chosing the areas in which they want to study. Understandibly not many of the boys are into the weddings section (sore subject for them) but its gladly reported that all members are achieving to their full potential, getting along and having fun!

Here is a few of the comments some of the members have come away with!

On discussing the Gearrannan trip it was said: "A good opportunity to learn about the black house lifestyle - even our leader isn't old enough to have lived in one of these."

Muirneag: "A long walk, worth every minute, leaving us with everlasting memories."

Airighean: "I wonder if the Midges joined our ancestors on their trips to the Airigh as they certainly enjoyed coming with us!"

Melodeon: "The atmosphere was electric tonight."

Young Historians acknowledge with gratitute the financial assistance of the following towards the "Lost Customs and Traditions" Project.


  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise

  • Better Neighbourhood Service Fund

The Young Historians projects mainly concerned 'Lost Customs and Traditions' and included archiving, interviewing, recording, music and possibly a video, a radio programme, drama and an exhibition. The total cost of the projects was £21,000 and an application was made to Young Roots, an appropriate Heritage Lottery Programme, and to other sources for financial assistance. The projects ran initially for two years, starting in August 2003 and included music and computing tuition for the youngsters.

Some of the youngsters met in the Comann Eachdraidh Room on Monday evenings at 7.30 pm under the adult supervision of Nina Moir and Rhoda Murray. The youngsters compiled a database of everybody living in Tolsta in the summer of 2003 and contacedt every household in the village. On completion the database provided a useful record for the Comann Eachdraidh.