Monthly Archives: September 2011

Friday photo; Heisker

The above photo shows three generations of the same family in 1911 on the islands of Heisker, found off the coast of North Uist.  Also known as the Monach isles, Heisker is famous for being the isles Lady Grange was imprisoned on for … Continue reading

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Isle of Harris Mountain Festival

The first Isle of Harris Mountain Festival kicked off on Saturday with a guided walk to Amhuinnsuidhe Castle and events carry on throughout this week with more guided walks, talks, film showings, sea kayaking and a ceilidh on Friday.  Be … Continue reading

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Stornoway mention in The New York Post!

  Ok, it was in 1937 but still! This clipping appeared in The New York Post on December 14th in a section of the paper called “Strange as it Seems” and it was found in James Shaw Grant’s collection. The … Continue reading

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Friday photo; Lewis War Memorial

On Friday 24th September 1924 more than two thousand people gathered to witness the opening of the Lewis War Memorial, dedicated to Lewismen and women who had lost their lives fighting for their country.  The Memorial was paid for by the community, … Continue reading

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St Kilda and Mingulay school log books in the news!

This week saw the formal launch online of the school log books for the abandoned islands of Mingulay and St Kilda.  Several newspapers, including the Scotsman, Herald, Sunday Express and other news websites such as the BBC have picked up … Continue reading

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Friday advert, K J Macdonald’s Chemist

Stornoway’s last locally owned chemist, K J Macdonald Ltd, is celebrating its 90th year in business this year and is now in its fourth generation of family ownership.  The shop was established by Kenneth John Macdonald, the present owner Karen … Continue reading

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Ùidh ann a foghlam tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig?

Bidh feasgar spòrs ann a Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais air Disatharne 17mh den t-Sultain airson pàrantan (agus clann!) aig a bheil ùidh ann a foghlam tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig. Tha an fheasgar a toiseachadh aig dà uair agus bidh peantadh aodainn ann, òrain, … Continue reading

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A researcher’s point of view

The Tasglann’s small  searchroom at Stornoway Library recently played host to Monique Watt for a week who had already spent a number of weeks using the Angus Macleod Archive at Kershader.  Monique was the recipient of the Gatliff Angus Macleod … Continue reading

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Friday photo; Chapman’s map

The above map of Uig forms part of a larger map of Lewis and Harris created by James Chapman in 1817.  The map is very detailed and currently hangs in the Comhairle building on Sandwick Road, Stornoway. There is a … Continue reading

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Friday photo; Eriskay folk

Heres another photo from Stornoway Library’s Southern Isles collection, this time of Eriskay.  The two people here are sadly not named, though written on the back of the photograph it gives the date as 1911.  Do you recognise the image … Continue reading

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