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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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Sunday, 15 August 2010

Cartwrights, Wheelwrights & a Coachwright of Stornoway

The impetus for this was two-fold, namely the occupations of residents of 20 Bayhead and especially the Macfarquhar family who once lived there. So, here are the men found in the 1841-1901 censuses who would have provided Lewis with its wheeled transport. It is particularly nice to have a 'Blacksmith and Wheelwright' as a reminder that in the days of wooden wheels with iron rims, the construction of these items was, just as is the case with Coopering, a combination of precision carpentry with the skills of the men who moulded metal...

1841
Alexander Macfarquhar, 40, Cart Wright, Bayhead Street, b. Ross and Cromarty
Kenneth Fraser, 20, Cart Wright (Apprentice), Bayhead Street, b. Ross and Cromarty
Kenneth Mclennan, 50, Wright, Bayhead Street, b. Ross and Cromarty
Donald Macrae, 65, Wheelwright, Mill Street, b. Ross and Cromarty
John Macrae, 40, Wheelwright, Mill Street, b. Ross and Cromarty
Donald Macrae, 30, Wheelwright, Mill Street, b. Ross and Cromarty

1851
John Campbell, 37, Cartwright (journeyman), Cromwell St, b. Reay, Cathness
Kenneth Fraser, 33, Cartwright, New Street, b. Gairloch
Duncan Macdonald, 23, Cart Wright Journeyman, Keith Street, b. Stornoway
Alexander Macfarquhar, 55, Cartwright, Bayhead St, b. Stornoway
John Munro, 55, Cart wright, Bayhead, b. Urquhart, Ross-shire
George Sheill, 41, Cartwright, Scotland St, b. Inveresk, Haddington
John Shiell, 33, Cartwright (Master employing 4 men), South Beach, b. Spot, Haddington
Donald Macrae, 77, Wheelwright, Bayhead, b. Redcastle, Ross-shire
John Macrae, 54, Wheelwright, Keith St, b. Stornoway
Archibald Macrae, 20, Wheelwright, Bayhead, b. Stornoway

1861
Kenneth Macleod, 18, Cartwright, 33 Keith St, b. Inverness-shire
John Macrae, 60, Wheelwright, 51 Keith St, b. Stornoway
Donald Mackenzie, 34, Coachwright, 24 Mossend Rd or Stewart Filed, b. Kincardine
(Farenhar(?) Murray, 31, Cartwright, North Dell, Barvas, b. Stornoway)

1871
Kenneth Fraser, 54, Cart Wright, 17 Cromwell St, b. Gairloch
Duncan Mackay, 32, Cartwright, 37 Bayhead St, b. Stornoway
Murdo Macleod, 35, Cartwright and Crofter, Guershader Road, b. Stornoway
John Macfarquhar, 62, Cartwright Master (Employ 4 Apprentices), 13 Bayhead ST, b. Stornoway
Donald Macfarquhar, 16, Cartwright and Apprentice, 13 Bathead St, b. Stornoway
Donald Mackenzie, 45, Cartwright, Stewartfield, b. Kincardine

1881
Kenneth Fraser, 66, Cartwright, Cromwell St, b. Stornoway
William Fraser, 29, Cartwright, Cromwell St, b. Stornoway
Lachlan Maclean, 17, Cartwright (Apprentice), Porter's Lodge, b. Stornoway
Murdo Macleod, 45, Cartwright, Guershader, b. Stornoway
Duncan Mckay, 40, Cartwright, 35 Bayhead St, b. Stornoway
Angus Nicolson, 23, Cartwright, 56 Cromwell St, b. Barvas
Donald Macdonald, 57, Wheelwright, 19 Bayhead St, b. Stornoway
Colin Macdonald, 19, Wheelwright, 19 Bayhead St, b. Stornoway


1891
(Kenneth Fraser, 80, Cart Wright (Retired), 44 Keith St, b. Gairloch
William Fraser, 43, Cart Wright, 44 Keith St, b. Stornoway
Duncan Mckay, 50, Cartwright, 50 Bayhead St, b. Stornoway
Donald Macfarquhar, 37, Smith and Wright, 21 Bayhead St, b. Stornoway
Murdo Macleod, 40, Crofter and Cartwright, Laxdale, b. Stornoway
Murdo Morison, 24, Wheelwright, 4 New St, b. Sandwick

1901
Duncan Mackay, 60, Cartwright, 50 Bayhead St, b. Stornoway
Norman Mckay, 24, Cartwright, 2 Point St (North Side), b. Barvas
Murdo Morrison, 36, Cartwright and Crofter, 20 Sanwick North Street, b. Stornoway
Murdo Maleod, 68, Crofter and Cartwright, 4 Guershader, b. Stornoway
Donald Macfarquhar, 47, B smith and Wheel Wright, 20 Bayhead St, b. Stornoway

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