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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, 6 March 2011

Dowager Countess of Dunmore in 1851

Approaching the sixth anniversary of the death of her husband, the 6th Earl of Dunmore, we find the widow and her three daughters at Bowhill House, Selkirk, the Borders home of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensbury.

The census records Catherine Murray, 36, Susan Murray, 13, Constance Murray, 12, and Alexandrina Murray, 5 and it may be presumed that these were the names that the girls preferred to be known by in private.

I have found a Charles A Murray, 11, Boarder, at Tweed Green Grammar School in Peebles which is within 25 miles of Bowhill House and about 50 miles from Dunmore Park. His birthplace is given as East India which is a cause for doubt as the 7th Earl's birth was registered at St George, Hanover Square.
It may well not be him but, on the other hand, it could be.

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