No 'Man about Town' would dream of leaving home without his hat and, in this wet climate, his umbrella.
These twin requirements are ably met by Mr James McDonald, 26, an enterprising young 'Hatter and Umbrella Maker' from no-less a place than fashionable Edinburgh itself.
At 24 ½ Keith Street you will also find his wife, Jane, who is a few years his younger and comes from the beautiful City of Stirling.
Mr James Riddel, a slightly older gentleman from Portobello in Midlothian, is the maker of these wonderful umbrellas.
Please hurry, for these sole manufacturers of hats and brollies in Stornoway are only open around 1871...
Fàilte! (Welcome!)This blog is the result of my ongoing research into the people, places and events that have shaped the Western Isles of Scotland and, in particular, the 'Siamese-twins' of Harris and Lewis.
My interest stems from the fact that my Grandfather was a Stornowegian and, until about four years ago, that was the sum total of my knowledge, both of him and of the land of his birth.
I cannot guarantee the accuracy of everything that I have written (not least because parts are, perhaps, pioneering) but I have done my best to check for any errors.
My family mainly lived along the shore of the Sound of Harris, from An-t-Ob and Srannda to Roghadal, but one family 'moved' to Direcleit in the Baighs...
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