Monthly Archives: May 2021

Papa had a letter today from Mr. Montgomerie at Galashiels. He is a lieutenant in the Scottish Rifles and is about to leave for Egypt… Mr. Dodd is on a hospital ship sailing between Southampton and a French port and has had many narrow escapes, having been torpedoed in the Mediterranean on his last boat and another time caught in submarine nets…Stornoway, 28th October. 1917

In this week’s letter, Mrs Gibson writes to Jean with news from two local men away at war, a brief explanation of the ‘new’ idea of guilds as opposed to trade unions, as well as the latest from her local … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Papa had a letter today from Mr. Montgomerie at Galashiels. He is a lieutenant in the Scottish Rifles and is about to leave for Egypt… Mr. Dodd is on a hospital ship sailing between Southampton and a French port and has had many narrow escapes, having been torpedoed in the Mediterranean on his last boat and another time caught in submarine nets…Stornoway, 28th October. 1917

Sònraichte Project – Archaeology assemblages from stack sites: Dunasbroc

The first archaeology assemblage that I worked on came from a series of stack sites around Lewis. The STAC project: the Severe Terrain Archaeological Campaign – focused on investigating stack sites of the Isle of Lewis 2003–2005. The site The … Continue reading

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You would be sorry to hear about Dawtie Macleod’s death – you will probably have heard about it before now…The funeral was in Stornoway on Wednesday…The afternoon turned out very wet and stormy, but in spite of that there was a considerable turnout of people. We are grieved at Catherine’s loss; she was a very fine girl… Stornoway, 24th October. 1917

This week’s news from Mr Gibson to Jean concerns a local lad who is home on leave before heading out to Athlone, Ireland, the sad news of the death and funeral of a local girl, and how Mr Gibson caught … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on You would be sorry to hear about Dawtie Macleod’s death – you will probably have heard about it before now…The funeral was in Stornoway on Wednesday…The afternoon turned out very wet and stormy, but in spite of that there was a considerable turnout of people. We are grieved at Catherine’s loss; she was a very fine girl… Stornoway, 24th October. 1917

Lord Sunlight soap has been driving all over the island and has been all over the Castle with Mr. Orrock and so on. So now we shall see. It would be funny. I was telling Papa that no more boys would be going to the university – but all would go to boil soap!… Stornoway, 21st October. 1917

In her letter to Jean this week, Mrs Gibson discusses beekeeping on a Sunday, and the hot topic of Lord Leverhulme’s visit to the island continues. Mrs Gibson refers to Lord Leverhulme as “Lord Sunlight soap” which is a reference … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Lord Sunlight soap has been driving all over the island and has been all over the Castle with Mr. Orrock and so on. So now we shall see. It would be funny. I was telling Papa that no more boys would be going to the university – but all would go to boil soap!… Stornoway, 21st October. 1917

Ian Macdonald, the C.E.’s son, was in to-night saying good-bye. He reports at Dingwall to-morrow. Murdo Montgomery of the present Sixth goes off next week. I had a long letter from Mr. Tait this week. He is with the R.G.A. at Spike Island in Cork Harbour. He had been examined again by another Medical Board and placed in a lower category – C1. We are trying to get him back again. Nothing more has yet been done about Mr. Ewen and Mr. Maciver… Stornoway, 17th October. 1917

In Mr Gibson’s letter to Jean this week, he has news on a couple of local men currently serving in the war, as well as another couple of lads who are leaving soon to serve. This letter also sees the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ian Macdonald, the C.E.’s son, was in to-night saying good-bye. He reports at Dingwall to-morrow. Murdo Montgomery of the present Sixth goes off next week. I had a long letter from Mr. Tait this week. He is with the R.G.A. at Spike Island in Cork Harbour. He had been examined again by another Medical Board and placed in a lower category – C1. We are trying to get him back again. Nothing more has yet been done about Mr. Ewen and Mr. Maciver… Stornoway, 17th October. 1917