Scottish Highlander, 28 November 1889
Sheriff Officer Deforced
William Ross Macleod, sheriff-officer, Stornoway, accompanied by a concurrent, on Thursday proceeded to Coulregrein, a place about a mile from Stornoway, to poind cattle and effects belonging to some tenants of Lady Matheson, and against whom decrees had lately been passed at her instance for arrears of rent. The tenants lodged applications with the Crofters'Commission to have fair rents fixed, but their cases have not been considered yet, and, meanwhile, the proprietrix is determined to recover her rents by poinding and selling the crofters'cattle and crop. When the officer and his concurrent appeared on the ground, they were prevented from carrying their proposed poindings into effect, a crowd of forty or fifty people, principally women and children, it is stated, attaching him witih stones and sods, and compelling him and his concurrent to withdraw. The officer returned to Stornoway and reported the matter to the Procurator-Fiscal, and it is stated that the police will accompany the officer in carrying out the poindings. The tenants are, however, making the Commissioners to halt proceedings until their applications are considered.