“On this day 12th January 2007 the people of Galson Estate took ownership of their land”
Friday the 12th of January 2007 will be remembered as an historic day for the community of Galson Estate. On this day, the 56,000 acre estate passed into community ownership, to be managed on their behalf by Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn.
A full programme of events was planned for the 12th January and the day was chosen to symbolise the start of a new year and a new era for the community. The celebrations began at 2pm at Galson Farm; a location closely associated with the tumultuous events of the 19th Century in this area. Over 100 people gathered in the yard, despite the storm, to witness this momentous occasion and when the pipes skirled a loud cheer went out to acknowledge the land now belonged to the people.
A commemorative stone was then unveiled by Donald MacLeod, one of UOG’s oldest members, and the youngest member, Kelly Offer.
The stone has now been placed at the new Urras Business Centre in South Galson.
Pictured; Agnes Rennie (Chair of Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn) and Stewart Stevenson, MSP , Minister for Environment and Climate Change, unveiling the 5th Anniversary Harris Tweed wall hanging at the event.
Urras Oighreachd Ghabsainn celebrated the fifth anniversary of the buyout on 12th January 2012. An event was held soon afterwards to mark the occassion and also to celebrate the official opening of the new business centre.
You can see more photos of the event by clicking on this link below