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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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Sunday, 28 March 2010

If Music be the food of Love...

Musicians Teachers of Music in the census returns for Stornoway.
Those appearing in more than one decade are highlighted in bold.

Angus Morrison, 25, Musician, Mallan(?) Lane, Stornoway, b. Ross & Cromarty

Barg(Male) Steven, 45, Musician, North Beach, b. Thurso

1861 None returned (Plenty of Teachers but none specifically identified as Teacher of Music)
1871 none returned (Plenty of Teachers but none specifically identified as Teacher of Music)

Isabella Brotherton, 24, Teacher of Music, 47 Cromwell Street, b. Stornoway
Margaret Morrison, 47, Teacher (Music), Cromwell Street, b. Stornoway

Nathaniel W P McLeod, 19, Musician, 8 Lower Sandwick Road, b. Dunfermline

Margaret Morrison, 57, Teacher of Music, Breyton House, Bayhead Street, b. Stornoway
Margaret A Morrison, 23, Teacher of Music, 61 Cromwell Street, b. Stornoway
Ann W McPherson, 20, Teacher of Music, 48 Point Street, b. Stornoway
Maggie J Greeneield, 17, Teacher of Music, Free Church Manse, b. Glasgow

(Isabella MacKinlay, 30, Music Teacher, Claymore (Vessels), b. Glasgow)

Margaret Morrison, 67, Teacher of Music, 26a North Beach Street, b. Stornoway
Isabella I Gorman, 54, Music Teacher, 61, Cromwell Street, b. England
Maggie Ann Morrison, 33, Music Teacher, Craigmore Villa, b. Stornoway
Annie W Macpherson, 30, Music Teacher, 48 Point Street, b. Stornoway
Jeannie Morrison, 17, Music Teacher, 1 Bayhead Street, b. Stornoway

There are very few Musicians here but the presence of each of them is significant as it demonstrates that music played a sufficiently important role to enable people to make a career of it.

We can see the growth between 1881 and 1901 in the numbers of Teachers of Music but whether these ladies were employed in schools, purely in a private capacity, or in a combination of the two is not yet known to me.

There are plenty of possible avenues here for further exploration but, for the moment, I shall leave these music lovers to 'play on'...

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