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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, 28 November 2010

Harris Wordsmiths

I thought that I would start a list of Harris folk who have contributed to the artistic cannon in words
(& music!) and welcome any additions:

17thC
Mary MacLeod 1615-1706
Born in Rodel. Died in Dunvegan, Skye
Poet

18thC
John Morrison/Gobha na Hearadh 1790-1852
Born in Rodel. Died in Leac a Li. Buried St Clement's Church
Poet, Blacksmith & Evangelist

19thC
James MacLeod 1880-1947
Scalpay
Poet

Murdo MacLeod 1881-1907
Scalpay
Poet

Hector MacKinnon 1886-1954
Berneray
Poet

Iain Archie MacAskill 1898-1933
Berneray
Poet

20thC
Joan MacKenzie 1900-72
Scarista
Poet

Roderick MacLeod 1903-1965
Kyles Stockinish
Poet

John Morrison 1914-
Scalpay
Poet & Composer

Ian Paterson 1916-1990
Berneray
Poet

Rev. Colin N MacKenzie 1917-94
Taransay
Poet

Domhnall R MacGillemhoire / Donald R Morrison 1919-
Scalpay
Poet & Shopkeeper

Malcolm MacDonald 1922-
Manish
Poet

Finlay J MacDonald 1925-1987
Scarista
Author, Broadcaster & Co-Founder of Gairm
'Crowdie & Cream & Other Stories'

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