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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, 27 May 2010

Engineers and Architects on Lewis and Harris

A small list, even with the inclusion of five wives of engineers whose husbands were elsewhere, but I thought these Civil, Marine and Mechanical Engineers, and Architects, worth recording:

1841
John Saban, 50, Architect, Cromwell Street, b. Scotland

1851
Donald Macdonald, 35, Architect, Visitor, Rodel, b. Kilmuir, Inverness

1861
(Margaret Brotherton, 25, Civil Engineer's Wife, Daughter, Point Street, b. Stornoway)

1871
William Ross, 35, Architect, Visitor, 18 Francis Street, b. Ross-shire

1881
James Rendall, 25, Marine Engineer, Lodger, South Beach Street, b. Kirkwall, Orkney

Alexander Mackenzie, 78, Architect, Visitor, Timsgarry House, b. Stornoway

1891
Alexander Macdonald, 26, Civil Engineer and Architect, Boarder, 23 Scotland Street, b Dores, Inverness

William E Maclean, 21, Marine Engineer, Son, 37 Keith Street, b. Stornoway

George Mackenzie, 55, Architect, Brother, 49 Keith Street, b. Stornoway

(Catherine Robertson, 30, Engineer's Wife, Daughter, Manse, b. Tarbert, Inverness)
(Jane Watt, 38, Engineer's Wife Nursery, Housemaid, North 12 Street, b. Stornoway)

1901
Alexander Macdonald, 34, Civil Engineer, Head, 12 Keith Street, b. Dores, Inverness

Alexander Houston, 26, Mechanical Engineer, Boarder, 1 Mackenzie Street, b. England

George Macdonald, 32, Marine Engineer Seafaring, Son, 52 Lewis Street, b. Stornoway

William J Macleod, 20, Marine Engineer (Apprentice), Son, 5 quay Street, b. Stornoway

Alexander Mackenzie, 64, Architect, Head, 45, Keith Street, b. Stornoway

(Hannah Macmillan, 26, Engineer's Wife, 14 Plantation Street, b. Co. Armagh, Ireland)
(Annie M M Stephen, 35, Engineer's Wife, 18 James Street, b. Stornoway)

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