Monthly Archives: April 2020

‘Curiously enough, following on your information about Mr. Dodd came a letter from himself. He is… an R.A.M.C. orderly with the Friends’ Unit on a Hospital Ship. But here is a queer coincidence: who, do you think, is his Medical Officer? Ian Mackenzie.’ Stornoway, 9th Nov. 1916

Mr Gibson to Jean Gibson. The next in our series of letters from the W.J. Gibson collection held by Museum nan Eilean. Knitting, war news, the first debate of the Literary Society and an outbreak of whooping cough at Skigersta are just … Continue reading

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Thursday night again, and I have just arrived in from drill. Thirty-eight boys and I have had a route -march to the Hospital and back. Four of the Masters [teachers]… have been away since Monday night… They are being examined at Fort George for Medical Classification. Stornoway, 2nd November 1916

Mr Gibson to Jean Gibson. The next in our series of letters from the W.J. Gibson collection held by Museum nan Eilean. This week, a debate on Railway Nationalisation. Please get in touch if you have any comments: archives@cne-siar.gov.uk. Jean … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Thursday night again, and I have just arrived in from drill. Thirty-eight boys and I have had a route -march to the Hospital and back. Four of the Masters [teachers]… have been away since Monday night… They are being examined at Fort George for Medical Classification. Stornoway, 2nd November 1916

Maggie and Mrs. Murray the school cleaner have been busy all the week putting in peats… and they are not nearly finished yet. Maggie is staying on till Saturday next to see it all finished. Then she is talking of going to munitions in Glasgow. Stornoway, 29th Oct. 1916

Letter from Mrs Gibson to Jean Gibson. The next in our series of letters from the W.J. Gibson collection held by Museum nan Eilean. This week – the price of bread in Stornoway reaches 1 shilling a loaf! Please get in … Continue reading

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‘The Ross Battery in Macedonia is in action about three times a fortnight. Capt. Smith, Daisy’s husband, is at present in command.’ Stornoway, 26 Oct. 1916

Letter from Mr Gibson to Jean Gibson. The next in our series of letters from the W.J. Gibson collection held by Museum nan Eilean. Please get in touch if you have any comments: archives@cne-siar.gov.uk. Jean Dear, Here we are, Mamma … Continue reading

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‘I hope also that you are attending to getting your Harris made; it will be so good for the really cold weather.’ Stornoway, 22nd Oct. 1916

Letter from Mrs Gibson to Jean Gibson. The next in our series of letters from the W.J. Gibson collection held by Museum nan Eilean. Please get in touch if you have any comments: archives@cne-siar.gov.uk . Dear Jean We got your … Continue reading

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‘Now Sheann, all good wishes for the new life. Work hard and play hard and try to make those about you happy.’ Stornoway, 16th Oct. 1916

As promised last week, here is the full transcript of the first letter sent to Jean Gibson from her mother. Please get in touch by email if you have any comments: archives@cne-siar.gov.uk. Dear Jean Papa and I are much obliged … Continue reading

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Gibson Collection Project

During this time of the Cornonavirus emergency, some of the Museum and Archive staff have been busy transcribing letters from the W.J. Gibson collection. This extensive collection was gifted to Museum nan Eilean by the executor of Lady Jane Urquhart … Continue reading

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