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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Thursday, 19 August 2010

NEW! - Gaelic Place-Names Site

A new online resource is being developed (i.e no 'Direcleit' yet!) and can be accessed here:


This is potentially of enormous value, Enjoy!


  1. Thanks - the 5 pdf files at the bottom of this page are possibly of interest too. They are by Iain mac an Tailleir and give Norse derivations: