Tag Archives: Stornoway

Friday Photo; Refugee Week

The above photo from Stornoway Library’s collection is of twenty-nine Estonian refugees en route across the Atlantic in 1948.  The group had initially moved to Sweden in 1944 but had decided that the proximity to Communist Russia was too great, and chose … Continue reading

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Friday photo; Prince of wAles

With the news that Prince Charles is to visit Harris next Thursday, we give you fair warning to stockpile cherry brandy over the weekend before he gets here.  For those we have never heard this story, the Crown Hotel is infamous for serving … Continue reading

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Friday photo; Lewis Hospital

On Monday at 7.30 in the Comhairle chambers, Sandwick Road, Stornoway Historical Society will be presenting the last of their lectures for this winter.  The talk will be part three of a series focused on Lewis Hospital by Margaret Dobson, … Continue reading

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From the archives; sgadan skirmish

One of the great things about working with records is finding more than you bargained for.  The Tasglann had a researcher last week who was interested in tracing records of an ancestor who had fallen on hard times and was … Continue reading

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Friday photo; Lews Castle

Our Friday Photo this week celebrates the Comhairle’s grant from the Scottish Government to preserve Lews Castle.  The above photo shows Lews Castle and green complete with added sheep.  It’s a good thing they didn’t have the Hebridean Celtic Festival … Continue reading

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Another success for Lews Castle

As many of you are aware, the Comhairle is looking to redevelop Lews Castle in Stornoway and is currently preparing bids to various funding bodies, including the Heritage Lottery fund, to realise this.  Part of the proposed redevelopment will include a … Continue reading

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Friday photo; There’s a time and plaice for everything

Sorry to carp on about this, but Norrie Macgregor from Stornoway Historical Society solved our query about the above photo when he popped in yesterday.  We were floundering about wondering why shops would hang up fishing rods outside their doors, … Continue reading

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Update: Hugh Mathesons

Direcleit got in touch to say that they had noticed something a bit fishy about the above picture from an earlier post, but sadly could shed no light on why it was there.  Can you spot it? They were also kind enough to … Continue reading

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Friday photo: Hugh Mathesons

The photo above was kindly lent to us by Donna’s uncle, Donald Carmichael, and shows the Lewis Bakery and Provision Store owned by Hugh Matheson.  The building is now McNeils pub and has retained many of its external features, particularly … Continue reading

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Friday Photo; The other Stornoway Castle

At one point it wasn’t just Barra who had a Castlebay in the Western Isles…  The old castle of Stornoway was believed to have been built circa 1300 by the Nicolsons, and latterly become a stronghold of the Macleods.  It … Continue reading

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