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

Pigot's 1837 Directory - Stornoway

The two-page entry for Stornoway gives both an account of the town's facilities for its 2660 inhabitants in their 496 houses and a list of individuals as varied as John Dobbie, the Manager of the Stornoway Distillery Co., the Plasterer, Donald McLeod, of Barvas St. and James McAllister, the Fishery Officer at his office in Francis Street. This early and comprehensive document is most interesting and makes for an informative and entertaining read.


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