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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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Thursday, 1 April 2010

Weaver's Cottage at Liceasto, Harris

This ruined cottage stands overlooking Loch Stockinish.
The large height of the windows, running from floor to eaves,
suggests that it was designed built for weaving.
Liceasto was home to 6 families in 1861 and 8 in 1891.
In each of these years there were two household with Weavers:
1861 2 of the 6 households (15 of 30 people)

Margaret Martin, 34, Wool Handloom Weaver, Wife
John Martin, 32, Crofter
Marion, 3
Angus, 1
Alexander Morrison, 10, Cow Herd, Visitor

Ann Macleod, 21, Wool Handloom Weaveress, Daughter
John Macleod, 46, Crofter
Mary, 37, Wife (plus 7 more children aged 2 to 17)

1891 2 of the 8 households (15 of 30 people)

Ann Mackinnon, 57, Tweed Weaver, Wife
Norman, 61, Crofter
Angus Macdonald, 26, Fisherman, Nephew
Rachel Macdonald, 20, Wool Spinner, Niece
Ann Macdonald, 69, Wool Spinner, Cousin

Euphemia Macdonald, 40, Tweed Weaver, Wife
William Macdonald, 43, Crofter
Margaret, 16, Wool Spinner, Daughter
(6 more children aged 1 to 14)
John Macdonald, 22, Fisherman, Visitor

It is possible that this ruin was once the home of one, or possibly two, of these four families.

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