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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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Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Education in Harris in 1901

These are the teachers (arranged approximately from North to South in the NORTH and BAYS sections) that I've managed to locate in the Census:

NORTH (12)
Donald Macleod, 17, Scholar Teacher, No 12 Meavig, b. Harris

William Macleod, 16, Pupil Teacher, No 7 Carrigrich, b. Harris

John Macleod, 35, Teacher (English), Kyles Scalpay School, b. Barvas, Ross-shire

Lexy Morrison, 19, Pupil Teacher, No 51 Kyles Scalpay, b. Harris

James Falconer, 31, Schoolmaster, No 9 North Harris ED5, b. Coalbridge, Lanark

Marion Macdonald, 18, Pupil Teacher, No 10 North Harris ED5, b. Harris

Catherine McQueen, 20, School teacher, No 52 North Harris ED5, b. Harris

Mary A Paul, 34, Board School Teacher, Lodger, No53 North Harris ED5, b. Alves, Elgin

Annie Morrison, 21, Assistant Teacher (English), No 58 North Harris ED5, b. Harris

Catherine Kennedy, 25, Assistant Teacher, No 62 North Harris ED5, b. Lochs

Julia Maclean, 25, Teacher, Boarder, 5 North Harris ED6, b. Flelmine, Inverness

Peter Chisholm, 17, Pupil Teacher, School house, North Harris ED6, b. Lochs

Donald Craig, 59, Schoolmaster, No 32 Scarp, b. Wick, Caithness

(William S Duncan, 67, Retired Schoolmaster, No 31 Scarp, b. Aberdeen)

Elen McTier, 39, Teacher, No 37 Scalpay, b. Barvas

John Macleod, 17, Pupil Teacher, No 18 Scalpay, b. Harris

BAYS (7)
John Simpson, 42, School Master, School House, Drinishader, b. Glasgow

John Maclennan, 15, Pupil Teacher, 1 Drinishader, b. Harris

John Brown, 52, Certificated Teacher, School House, Stockinish, b. Kirkmichael, Ayrshire

Maggie Gillanders, 25, Teacher, Geocrab Pvt House, b. Harris

William Cook, 45, Certificated Teacher, Manish Schoolhouse, b. Rutherglen, Lanark

Donald J Macrae, 50, Public School Teacher, Finsbay School House, b. Applecross, Ross-shire

Murdo Martin, 32, Pupil Teacher, North Bayhead Crofter's House, b. Harris
(Please see Bayhead & North Bayhead for more on this location)

Charles Maclennan, 18, Pupil Teacher, Big Borve, b. Harris

John Mackinnon, 16, School Teacher, Shepherd's House, South Harris ED1, b. Lews

Angus Maclean, 24, Assistant Teacher (English), School House, South Harris ED7, b. Harris

John Whiteford, 46, Certificated Teacher Elementary, Obbe, b. Kilbirnie, Ayrshire

Agnes Mary Laird Whiteford, Monitor (Teacher), Obbe, b. Glasgow

Peter McCaul, 66, Retired Teacher, Obbe, b. Killin, Perthshire

Phew! 28 teachers and just under 1200 'Scholars' to be educated. Although the majority of the educators are from the mainand we are beginning to see the emergence of home-grown teachers and a huge explosion in the number of 'Pupil Teachers', although the presence of 32 year-old Murdo Martin performing that role in 'North Bayhead' appears to poor ice-cold water on my previous conjecture?

There is still plenty to occupy me (or anyone else who fancies doing some research?!) regarding schooling on Harris 1841-1901 but the past two days labours have hopefully made things a little clearer than my initial piece of the 16th of February had left them!

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