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The loss of Lewis

Thomas Baldwin reports on the centenary commemoration of a post-war disaster in the Western Isles.
Photo: Iolaire disaster marker on the Beats of Holm, Isle of Lewis

IT was at 2.30am on New Year’s Day 1919 that HMY Iolaire approached the port of Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis. On board were over 280 sailors, who had survived World War One and were returning home to the Hebrides. They were within sight of the lights of home, less than a mile from where a welcoming party was waiting at the quayside. But instead of welcoming their loved ones home that night, many of those wives and parents were to recover their bodies from the shore the next day.

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IN THIS ISSUE CELEBRATING 150 YEARS OF SOCIAL CARE - A look back at the proud history of social care in the Church of Scotland. REMEMBERING THE IOLAIRE - How the Isle of Lewis will mark the sinking of the Iolaire, 100 years on. LEST WE FORGET - A gallery of images from across Scotland as churches marked the centenary of the end of World War One BURNS DAY - The Very Rev Dr John Chalmers looks at the Bard’s relationship with the Church. - The Very Rev Dr Finlay Macdonald offers prayers based on Burns’ poems.