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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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Monday, 2 August 2010

Hairdressers & Barbers of Stornoway

These four gentlemen were each employed in the hair-care industry in the town. They are the only ones recorded throughout Lewis and Harris in the censuses of 1841-1901:

Austin Unsworth, 17, Hairdresser, Boarder, Breyton House, Bayhead Street, b. Wales
(Angus Macleod, 67, Retired Forester)

James Robertson, 25, Hairdresser, Boarder, 3 South Beach Street, b. Glasgow
(Christina Mcleod, 37, Boarding House Keeper, b. Stornoway)

Arthur Loss, 25, Hairdresser, Servant, 39 Kenneth Street, b. Aberdeen
(Robert Sims, 59, Merchant Grocer Gov Barvas School, b. Elgin, Morayshire)

Kenneth Murray, 39, Barber, 4 Point Street, b. Stornoway

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