Western Isles

A crofting township in the Outer Hebrides, Gress (Gael: Griais) lies to the north of the village of Back, 7 miles (11 km) northeast of Stornoway on the east coast of Lewis. Like Upper Coll to the south, Gress was formerly a solitary farm. However, William Hesketh Lever, Lord Leverhulme (1851 - 1925), tried to create a large dairy farm here in the early 1920s to supply milk to Stornoway. However, despite the support of the local people, the scheme failed having suffered land raids by landless ex-servicemen.

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