Author Archives: David Powell

About David Powell

Project Manager and Archivist with Tasglann nan Eilean Siar

Friday photo: Bak 2 skool

I suspect there were many very excited and very many grumpy young folk this morning in the Western Isles as the new school year started.  I’m sure we all remember our first (and last) day at school and can empathise … Continue reading

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Friday photo: A walk in the woods

Trees on the islands are not as ubiquitous as we may like, but this lovely avenue at Rodel Wood looks a lovely place for a walk on a sunny (midge free) day. The postcard states the image is of Rodel … Continue reading

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Poor Law records: Financial scandal in North Uist!

An enquirer once contacted us about an ancestor who had been the Poor Law Inspector for North Uist.  She asked if we could help tell her some more.  As you may have guessed from previous posts we went to check … Continue reading

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Poor Law records: Cases of Settlement

As mentioned in the previous Poor Law blog posts, the liability for the poor usually lay with the parish of their birth.  It was therefore in a Parish’s interests to try and prove that a pauper wasn’t from their Parish … Continue reading

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Friday photo: Having fun on the Lews Castle lawns

As many prepare for Hebridean Celtic Festival in Stornoway this weekend its worth remembering that the Castle has seen many other celebration, including Tattoos and, as this week’s image shows, gymkhanas! If you are attending Heb Celt this weekend, keep an … Continue reading

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Poor Law records: Minutes

Alexander Morrison’s entry in the General Register of the Poor shed new light on his situation between 1894 and his death in 1898.  The General Register listed several changes in his circumstances.  For each of these changes, a decision will … Continue reading

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Poor Law records: General Register of the Poor

Last week, we saw Alexander Morrison Application for Parochial Relief under the Poor Law.  The application gave lots of information about Alexander’s personal circumstances that led to his request for help.  Notable, we saw he was added onto the General … Continue reading

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Poor Law records: applications

The Poor Law (Scotland) Act of 1845 saw a complete reworking of the approach to managing and elevating poverty in Scotland. Parochial Boards, and later Parish Councils, were established to manage the poor in their areas.  Serious record keeping began, … Continue reading

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Friday photo: Poor Law Magazine

These handsome volumes are “The Poor Law and Parochial Board Magazine” held by Stornoway Library. These yearly publications run from 1857-1930 when the poor law system was formally abolished and were aimed at the members of the Parochial Boards and later … Continue reading

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Friday photo: Milling around the grounds

In 1816, the Stewart-Mackenzies built a new water mill in the Castle Grounds in Stornoway for the grinding of corn.  The mill features in a detail of this hand-drawn map of the Burgh of Stornoway made in 1850. On the … Continue reading

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