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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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Monday, 16 August 2010

Rural Wrights of Lewis & Harris

These are the only men occupied as Wrights resident outside the Parish of Stornoway from 1841-1901.
It is clear that only Barvas maintained Cartwrights for the whole of the second-half of the 19thC and that two families, the Gunns and the Murrays, specialised tn this craft. Uig and Harris show no Wrights and Lochs makes but one brief appearance on the scene.

1841 - None recorded

John Gunn, 36, Cart Wright, North Dell, Barvas, b. Barvas
Lachlan Mackinnon, 50, Cartwright (Employing 2), Grosebay, Harris (Visitor), b. Harris

Farquhar Murray, 31, Cartwright, North Dell, Barvas, b. Stornoway

Farquhar Murray, 39, Cart Wright, North Dell, Barvas, b. Ross-shire
John Gunn, 54, Crofter and Cart Wright, north Dell, Barvas, b. Barvas
Angus Murray, 27, Cart Wright, South Dell, Barvas, b. Barvas

Murdo Macelod, 56, Wright, Calbost, Lochs, b. Lochs
Allan Gunn, 27, Cartwright, No 10 Cross, Barvas (Visitor), b. Barvas

Farquhar Murray, 58, Cartwright, North Dell Road, Barvas, b. Stornoway
Donald Murray, 24, Cartwright, North Dell Road, Barvas, b. North Dell
Donald Dunn, 35, Cartwright, North Dell Road, Barvas, b. North Dell
Malcolm Mcdonald, 35, Cartwright, Township Road Crofters Houses, Barvas, b. Ness, Lewis

Donald Gunn, 44, Crofter and Cartwright, 28 North Dell, Barvas, b. Barvas

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