Monthly Archives: February 2022

Hope the kippers arrived all right. Kippers are not so plebeian as they were. Their status rises with their price. (That’s how it would be if they would pay the teachers better!) Less than a week now till we hope to have you home. Be sure you follow all my travelling instructions, when the time comes. Meantime make haste to get well… Stornoway, 13th March. 1918

In her letter to Jean this week, Mrs Gibson reports on two local lads who are home on leave, the price and status of kippers, and for all those Barrie fans out there, a lovely little line drawing of Barrie … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hope the kippers arrived all right. Kippers are not so plebeian as they were. Their status rises with their price. (That’s how it would be if they would pay the teachers better!) Less than a week now till we hope to have you home. Be sure you follow all my travelling instructions, when the time comes. Meantime make haste to get well… Stornoway, 13th March. 1918

Donald Mackinnon & Tommy Steven were up in the school in the afternoon. Mrs. Murray’s younger boy is also home on leave from Cromer. Mrs. Weiss’s husband is expected home on leave this week, so Mrs. Weiss will have to have leave also… Stornoway, 12th March. 1918

Mr Gibson has news for Jean this week regarding a small fire at the Imperial – luckily nothing like the recent fire at the Municipal Buildings. He also reports on a few local men who are home on leave, and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Donald Mackinnon & Tommy Steven were up in the school in the afternoon. Mrs. Murray’s younger boy is also home on leave from Cromer. Mrs. Weiss’s husband is expected home on leave this week, so Mrs. Weiss will have to have leave also… Stornoway, 12th March. 1918

Befriending Lewis & Harris / Dèanamh Càirdeas le Leòdhas ’sna Hearadh

Hebridean Connections, the digital community archive co-ordinated by the Western Isles Heritage Service, provided inspiration for a celebratory exhibition which ran over the winter holiday period at our local arts centre, An Lanntair. The local charity, Befriending Lewis & Harris, … Continue reading

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The “Claymore” is still aground. The fishing is gradually coming to a close and the curers departing. The good weather of last week broke down on Saturday. To-day has been mixed…We were speak-ing to Mrs. Smith (née Daisy Macleod) who had her baby with her in the peramb., a rosy-cheeked, blue-eyed, chubby little damsel. Capt. Smith is in England now, in hospital at Bristol. He has been ill for some time… Stornoway, 10th March. 1918

This week, Mr Gibson updates Jean on the fishing and the “Claymore”, as well as passing on some news regarding a local lady’s husband who has been away at war, but is now back and currently unwell down in England. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The “Claymore” is still aground. The fishing is gradually coming to a close and the curers departing. The good weather of last week broke down on Saturday. To-day has been mixed…We were speak-ing to Mrs. Smith (née Daisy Macleod) who had her baby with her in the peramb., a rosy-cheeked, blue-eyed, chubby little damsel. Capt. Smith is in England now, in hospital at Bristol. He has been ill for some time… Stornoway, 10th March. 1918

John Macdonald, Coll, one of the old Battery boys, who is home on hospital leave, I saw to-day. He has been for eight months in hospital at Leeds as the result of hav-ing had his shoulder dislocated by a fall from his horse at Catterick… Stornoway, 7th March. 1918

In his letter to Jean this week, Mr Gibson updates her on news of some local boys who have been away serving in the war, he reports on his outing to the ‘The Literary’, and there’s discussion of rationing in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on John Macdonald, Coll, one of the old Battery boys, who is home on hospital leave, I saw to-day. He has been for eight months in hospital at Leeds as the result of hav-ing had his shoulder dislocated by a fall from his horse at Catterick… Stornoway, 7th March. 1918