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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, 6 May 2010

Brick Workers of Lewis

Here are the people associated with the Brickworks at Garrabost, Stornoway:

1851
Alexander Ballock, Brick and Tile Burner, 1 Tilework House, Garrabost, b. Dunipace, Stirlingshire

1861
James Macfaden, 31, Brick and Tile Maker, Head, Garrabost, b. Kilmaurs, Ayrshire

Murdo Graham, 25, Brickmaker, Brother, Garrabost, b. Stornoway

Angus Macleod, 44, Brickmaker, Garrabost, b. Stornoway
William Macleod, 26, Labourer and Brickmaker, Nephew, b. Stornoway

1871
Hugh Macfaden, Brick Maker Foreman, Head, b. Ireland
Margaret Macfaden, 16, Flower Pot Maker, Daughter, Upper Garrabost Road, Stornoway, b. Kilmaurs, Ayrshire

John Matheson, Brickmaker, Head, Garrabost Road, b. Stornoway

Alexander Macleod, 44, Brickmaker, Head, Garrabost Road, b. Stornoway

John Graham, 43, Brickmaker, Head, Garrabost Road, b. Stornoway

Murdo Graham, 33, Brickmaker, Head, Garrabost Road, b. Stornoway

1881
Murdo Graham, 45, Brick Maker, Head, Stornoway, b. Stornoway

Donald Morrison, 53, Brick Maker, Head, Stornoway, b. Stornoway

John Macaskill, 56, Brickmaker, Head, Lower Bayble, b. Stornoway

James Booth, 56, Brick Layer, Lodger, Stornoway, b. Glasgow
George Johnston, 54, Brick Layer, Lodger, Stornoway, b. Glasgow

George Burgoyne, 37, Brick Layer, Brother, Eishken, Lochs, b. Wigmore, Herefordshire


The only points of note are the three imported bricklayers of 1881 and the 1871 diversification of Ms Macfaden into Flower Pot Making, the nearest that I have discovered of any pot manufacturing in the census records of Lewis and Harris!


The reference below shows the site of Sir James Matheson's brickworks:
http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/4399/details/lewis+garrabost+brickworks/

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