Fàilte! (Welcome!)

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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Sunday, 21 November 2010

"...an immense shoal of herrings..."

In December 1837,
an immense shoal of herrings,
of a large size,
set into the lochs on the western coast of Harris.

One shoal entered a creek in the Sound of Harris,
the mouth of which dries at half-tide,
while the depth within the bar is seven fathoms;
and about 200 crans were caught in this pool alone.

(Edinburgh Weekly Chronicle, 16th December 1837.)  

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