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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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Friday, 7 May 2010

Policemen of Lewis

Here are the Policemen from 1861-1901 arranged by the Parish in which they were residing:

William Grant, 46, Police Constable, Head, 3 Kenneth Street, b. Abernethy, Inverness

Alexander Macleod, PC. 11Callanish

Roderick Maclean, 27, Superintendent of Police, 19 Kenneth St-Police Office, Head, b Hilar City, Inverness-shire
Murdo Mackay, 30, Police Constable, Lodger,. Foddery, Ross
John Ross, 24, Police Constable, Lodger, b. Creich, Sutherlandshire

William Grant, 56, Police Constable, Head, South Galston, b. Abernethy

Kenneth Mackenzie, 39, Police Constable, Head, Balallan, b. Fodderty, Ross

John Mackay, 26, Police Man, Visitor, Eishken Lodge, b. Parr, S Shire

Donald Cameron, 45, Superintendent of Police, 19 (Police Office), Head, b. Fodderty, Ross
John Maciver, 33, Police Constable, Lodger, b. Uig, Ross
John Maciver, 29, Police Constable, Lodger, b. Stornoway
Donald Cameron, 24, Police Constable, Lodger, b. Latheron, Caithness

William Grant, 56, Police Constable, Head, Policeman's Cottage 26, b. Grantown, Inverness

Roderick Macleod, 22, Police Constable, Boarder, 49 Habost, b. Nis, Inverness

Hugh Fraser, 45, Police Constable, Head, Laxay, b. Urquhart, Ross

Norman Montgomery, 34, Police Constable, Head, Borowston, Carloway, b. Lochs, Ross

Hector Smith, 45, Superintendent of Police, Head, Police Station, b. Lochs, Ross

Murdo Urquhart, 32, Police Constable, Head, Police Station, b. Gairloch, Ross

John Maciver, 43, Sergeant of Police, Head, 89, Cromwell Street, b. Uig, Ross
Donald Ross, 26, Police Constable, Lodger, b. Ross
David Graham, 22, Police Constable, Lodger, b. Rosskeen, Ross

Robert M Alexander, 28, Police Constable, Boarder, 7 Castle Street, b. Stonar, Sutherland

William Hutcheson, 28, Police Constable, Head, Private House, b. Conon Bridge, Ross

Norman Smith, 40, Sergeant of Police, Head, Township Road Crofter's House, b. Lochs, Ross

Peter Smith, 26, Police Constable, Head, Policeman's House, b. Lochs, Ross

Neil Mackenzie, 26, Police Constable, Lodger, Borve, b. Strathpeffer, Ross

John A Mackay, 26, Police Constable, Boarder, Valtos, b. Alness, Ross

William Munro, 27, Police Constable, Lodger, 6 Lochganvich, b. Alness, Ross

Hugh Fraser, 56, Police Constable, Head, No 40 Laxay, b. Urquhart, Ross

John Macleod, 29, Police Constable, Visitor, Private, Orinsay, b. Carloway

Robert M Alexander, 36, Sergeant of Police, Head, 48 Cromwell Street, b. Creich, Sutherland

John Macdonald, 24, Police Constable, Boarder, 62 Keith Street, b. Dingwall, Ross
Donald Munro, 24, Police Constable, Boarder, b. Alness, Ross

John Macleod, 40, Police Constable, Boarder, 44 Point Street, b. Uig, Ross
Andrew Ross, 44, Police Constable, Boarder, b. Tain, Ross

John Macarthur, 37, Police Constable, Head, Garrabost Police Station, b. Breasclete, Ross

John Macdonald, 31, Police constable, Visitor, No 47 Upper Payble, b. Portroller, Ross

William Munro, 35, Police Constable, Head, Police Station Coll, b. Rosskeen, Ross

(Walter E Blythe, Retired ? ? ? Police ? ?, Boarder, 27 Cromwell Street, b. England)

John Maciver, 49, Police Sergeant, Head, Police Station Lower Barvas, b. Uig, Ross

Archibald Macarthur, 26, Police Constable, Head, Police Station, b. Uig, Ross

Kenneth Maciver, 28, Police Constable, Boarder, 30c Valtos, b. Uig, Ross

John Kennedy, 34, Police Constable, Nephew, School house, b. Lochs, Ross

(Hugh Fraser, 67, Ex Police Constable, Head, Police Constable's House)

We see the gradual extension of policing across the island from Stornoway via Barvas and Lochs and latterly into Uig*. Nevertheless, the emphasis throughout is in the populated urban capital of Lewis which is not surprising but these records at least provide us with an indication of the scale of island policing at the time.

*The 1869 reference to the Uig Police Constable can be found in the comment below:


  1. Here's another:

    Alexander Macleod, PC 11

    in an incident at Erista, Uig.

  2. Thank you very much indeed.

    It is wonderful to be able to read an original document from 140 years ago with one simple 'click'!