Fàilte! (Welcome!)

Fàilte! (Welcome!)
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, 17 June 2010

Drowned in Sea by Upsetting of a Boat...

A feint record, almost unreadable, but it appear to say that this was the fate of William Kerr on the 23rd of March 1861 . The death was registered on the 21st March 1862. William was 24 years old.

Angus of Strond's son, William, was this Fisherman. He drowned.
Angus's son-in-law, William Morrison, was a Fisherman and father.
He went 'missing, presumed dead, from 'Jessie Margaret' off Thurso.

John the Tailor's son, Angus, was a Fisherman and father. He drowned.
John's two grandsons, Roderick and John were Fishermen. They died on land.

Of the five men who went fishing from these two families, all three from the first generation to do so paid with their lives. Two of them leaving behind wives and families.


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