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Play explores Lewis rector's trauma at pupils' war deaths

Nicolson Institute school footballers in 1914 Image copyright Malcolm MacDonald

A new Gaelic play has been written, telling the story of a school rector's trauma at the deaths of 148 former pupils he had encouraged to go to war.

William J Gibson urged older pupils at the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway to join the armed forces following the outbreak of World War One.

The play, Seguamur, looks at how the teacher coped with so many of the young men dying in the conflict.

The work was created by Lewis-based writer DS Murray.

It will be performed as part of a wider commemoration on the Western Isles of WW1.

The play will be staged at the An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway on 27 June.

A photograph released ahead of the performance shows the members of Nicolson Institute's school football team in 1914. Many of them went on to serve in the war.

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