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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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Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Harris Schools - Number of Pupils 1919-1959

The table shown below is to be found here but I have reformatted it to make some details clearer

Firstly, ten of these schools opened between 1920 & 1929 so I shall amend my earlier piece accordingly!
Secondly, I mentioned earlier that 'Obbe: and 'Leverhulme' were in the same area and the figures indicate the transition from Obbe School to the Leverhulme Memorial School following Lord Leverhulme's death.
Finally, Cliasmol and Kyles Scalpay both closed in 1960 so that the situation 50 years ago was that there were 17 schools on Harris, Scarp and Scalpay plus the one on Berneray.

Pupil numbers had fallen by more than 30% in just 40 years and another 50 years later, in 2008/9, they had dropped to just 226, falling to less than 28% of the number of schoolchildren in Harris 90 years earlier.

School 1919-20 1929-30 1938-39 1950-51 1958-59
Amhuinnsuidh
N/A 6 11 8 9
Ardvourlie
N/A 12 8 7 1
Bernera
98 40 55 35 30
Bunavoneddar
N/A 18 21 23 19
Cliasmol
N/A 11 7 11 3
Drinishader
49 45 46 31 26
Eilean Anabuich
N/A 8 12 4 CLOSED
Finsbay
58 39 24 32 24
Kyles Scalpay
68 49 43 22 6
Kyles Stockinish
125 78 50 34 28
Leverhulme Memorial
N/A 80 83 65 80
Luskentyre
N/A N/A N/A 13 7
Manish
78 50 56 31 14
Northton
47 48 32 11 18
Obbe
51 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Rhenigidale
N/A N/A N/A 6 3
Rodel
N/A 16 21 8 6
Scalpay
103 112 141 81 82
Scarista
N/A 11 25 10 CLOSED
Scarp
32 12 9 12 7
Shelibost
N/A N/A N/A 18 13
Tarbert, Sir E. Scott
110 106 127 196 185
TOTAL
819 741 781 658 571

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