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, 22 July 2010


'Vessel missing since 16.3.90'...
When I first saw this other record on a page containing the death of a fisherman from Harris who I was researching I initially ignored it but I've just returned to the page and decided to delve a little deeper.
23 year-old fireman J. Robertson's Nationality is given as Leith.
I have noticed that most deaths at sea specify the person's Nationality like this which surely cannot be coincidental but perhaps a reflection of the especial importance to seafaring people of their place on land?
He was aboard this ship which, according to the list at http://www.mariners-l.co.uk/IBON80,000-84,999.htm was built in 1880, registered in London and was of 1623 Gross Register Tonnage making her a steamship (he was a Fireman) of some size.
J Robertson's 'Last Place of Abode' is left blank, presumably unknown, as is the place where he and his crewmates all perished...

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