These are the Catechist (Instructor in Religious Doctrine) records for the 1841-1901 censuses.
There is probably not much to be learnt from this particular group of records but I have included them for the sake of 'completeness' in composing an ecclesiastical account from the Harris censuses.
1841 - None
Donald Mackinnon, 39, Catechist and Farmer, Obe, b. Harris
John Morrison, 55, Free Church Catechist, Leac a Li, b. Harris
Donald Mackinnon, 48, Catechist, Obe, b. Harris
Neil Stewart, 70, Catechist, Diraclet, b. Kilmuir, Inverness-shire
Donald Mackinnon, 56, Catechist, Smithy, Harris, b. Harris
Malcolm Morrison, 36, Free Church Catechist, Meavaig, b. Uig, Ross-shire
Donald John Maclean, 55, Catechist, Rushgarry, Bernera, b. Uist
John Smith, 41, Catechist, No 80 Scalpay, b. Uig, Ross-shire
We know that John Morrison (Gobha na Hearadh) had to vacate An-t-Ob as a result of his Free Church adherence so it appears likely that Donald Mackinnon was working for the Church of Scotland.
The 1871 'Smithy' is presumably that in An-t-Ob, rather than the one established in Tarbert by Ewen Morrison, a Blacksmithing Son of John Morrison, Blacksmith and Catechist!
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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