Tag Archives: Stornoway

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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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: 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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Friday photo: Whisky, sawdust and cake!

The Woodlands Centre is a popular destination in Stornoway for those seeking refreshment of a sit down before or after a wander around the castle grounds.  But the site of the Woodlands has an interesting history. The extract from the … Continue reading

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Friday photo: Where’s the tipp-ex?

A researcher has recently been making use of the General Register of the Poor for Stornoway for 1895-1905 as part of his PhD research.  The General Register lists all the people in the parish of Stornoway who were receiving support from … Continue reading

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Friday photo: Ernest writes home

Regular readers of the blog and followers of the Friday photo will know how much we like what’s written on the back of postcards and this one is a belter!  It’s April 1944 and Ernest is recently stationed in Lewis … Continue reading

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Friday photo: Mending the nets

Another image from the Lewis Museum Society collection held at Stornoway library featuring two fisherman mending nets in Stornoway harbour (image reference P/FI/026). It looks like back breaking work to me!

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Friday photo: A Point fisherman

This happy fisherman is Donald Macleod of Knock, Point.  He was a crew member of the Muirneag SY486.  The image is taken in about 1930 and comes from the Lewis Museum Society’s collection held in Stornoway library (image reference P/FM/7). … Continue reading

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Friday photo: Tartan town

A proper Burns-esq style postcard for all you Friday photo fans this week. Here is a busy Cromwell Street being immortalised in thistles and tartan. I thought it would be fitting since it is Burns night! As we can see … Continue reading

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Friday Photo; 1953 Plane wreck

This photograph of a Sabre F4 crash is from the Lewis Museum Trust collection held in Stornoway Library.  Unfortunately no details about this crash were found with the photographs, though I did manage to find the following details about the … Continue reading

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