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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, 13 May 2010

Harris Boat Builders & Ship Carpenters

These are the Boat Builders, plus Boat and Ship Carpenters, from the census records:

1851 - 5
NORTH - 3
Ewan Macaulay, 70, Boat Builder, Head, Ardhasaig, b. Harris
John Mackenzie, 26, Boat Builder, Carrigrich, Son, b. Harris
Donald Macleod, 32, Boat Builder, Head, Urgha, b. Harris
SOUTH - 2
John Morrison, 38, Boat Builder, Head, Obe, b. Harris
James Morrison, 39, Ship Carpenter, Head,  Obe, b. Harris
Christopher Macrae, 40, Boat Builder (Journeyman), Islands of Ensay & Killigray, b. Kintail, Ross

1861 - 10
NORTH - 2
Angus Mackay, 60, Boat Builder, Head, Rhenigdale, b. Harris
Donald Morrison, 32, Boat Builder, Son, Kyles Scalpay, b. Harris
BAYS - 5
Malcolm Mackinnon, 30, Boat Builder, Head, Flodabay, b. Harris
John Macelod, 20, Boat Builder (Apprentice), Son, Ardvey, b. Harris
Norman Maclenan, 40, Boat Builder, Head, Finsbay, b. Harris
Angus Macdonald, 33, Boat Builder, Head, Borsham, b. Harris
Malcom MacQuish, 30, Boat Builder, Head, Borsham, b. Harris
SOUTH - 3
Donald Mackenzie, 20, Boat Builder, son, Strond, b. Harris
Norman Paterson, 42, Boat Carpenter, Head, Berneray, b. Berneray
John Macleod, 27, Boat Carpenter, Brother, Berneray

1871 - 5
NORTH - 1
Donald Campbell, 29, Boat Carpenter, Head, West Tarbert, b. Harris
? - 4
Evander Mackay, 56, Boat Builder, Head, Boat Builder's House, b. Harris
Archy Macdonald, 66, Boat Carpenter, Head, Boat Builder's House, b. Harris
Alexander Macdonald, 61, Boat Carpenter, Head, Carpenter's House, b. Harris
Malcom Mackinnon, 30, Carpenter (Boat), Son, Tenant's House, b. Harris

1881 - 7
NORTH - 5
Archibald Macdonald, 80, Boat Builder, Head, Boat Builder's House, North Harris, b. Harris
(Niel Macdonald, 33, Joiner, son, b. Harris)
Roderick Macdonald, 40, Boat Builder, Head, Boat Builder's House, North Harris, b. Harris
Malcolm Maclennan, 35, Boat Builder, Head, Crofter's House, North Harris, b. Harris
Malcolm Kerr, 68, Ship Carpenter, Head, West Tarbert 53, b. Harris
Donald Ferguson, 75, Boat Carpenter, Father, Island of Scalpay, b. St Kilda
Donald Morrison, 46, Boat Carpenter, Head, Island of Scalpay, b. Harris
Kenneth Macdonald, 45, Ship Carpenter, Boarder, Island of Scalpay, b. Stornoway
SOUTH - 2
Christopher Macrae, 70, Boat Builder, Head, Obbe, b. Kintail, Ross-shire
Donald Morrison, 50, Boat Builder, Head, Strond, b. Harris

1891 - 6
BAYS - 5
Donald Morrison, 38, Boat Builder, Head, Quidinish, b. Harris
John Macleod, 32, Boat Builder, Head, Ardvey, b. Harris
Malcolm MacQuish, 58, Boat Builder, Head, Finsbay, b. Harris
Kenneth Maclennan, 46, Boat Builder, Head, Finsbay, b. Harris
Angus Macdonald, 61, Boat Builder, Head, Borsham, b. Harris
SOUTH - 1
Donald Morrison, 73, Boat Builder, Head, Strond, b. Harris

1901 - 9
NORTH - 4
Donald Morrison, 36, Carpenter (Boat), Head, 2 Gamekeeper's House, North Harris, b. Harris
Angus Macmillan, 76, Boat Carpenter, Head, Cluer, b. Harris
Malcolm Mackinnon, 60, Boat Carpenter, Head, Cluer, b. Harris
Donald John Macmillan, 46, Boat Carpenter, Head, Cluer, b. Harris
BAYS - 5
Roderick Macdonald, 60, Boat Builder, Head, Grosebay, b. Harris
Lachlan Macaulay, 40, Boat Carpenter, Son, Grosebay, b. Harris
Samuel Macdonald, 30, Boat Carpenter, Head, Grosebay, b. Harris
Donald Morrison, 46, Boat Builder, Head, Cuidinish, b. Harris
Kenneth Maclennan, 35, Boat Builder, Head, Finsbay, b. Harris
SOUTH
Angus Macaulay, 40, Ship Carpenter, Nephew, Strond, b. Harris

My only observation is that the Bays area tended to dominate and an article on a current Harris Boat Builder in Flodabay, with some excellent pictures of one of his vessels, can be found here: Traditional Hebridean Lugger and more here: John Macaulay Extracst from his book can be read here and here

I have now added the four Ship Carpenters to this list. It is impossible to be certain what differentiated between the three roles that I have included in this list so I felt it best to combine all three in this one entry.

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