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, 6 March 2011

'Donegal Homespuns,

hand-spun and hand-woven by the peasantry, 2s. 2d to 3s. 6D yard, according to weight and merit, 26 to 29 inches wide.
The thin ones are perfect for tropical climates, the medium for ordinary summer lounge wear, whilst the heavier are almost identical with the genuine high-priced Harris homespuns, and made in exactly the same way.'
Source: W Bill, Irish Cloth Merchants, London in Whitaker's Almanac, 1897

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