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Some notes on a selection from the Report to the Board of Supervision...
...by Sir John M'Neill GCB, on the Western Highlands and Islands 1851 I have made reference to this report in previous pieces and will include links to those within these notes. p xxi-xx2. HARRIS. The parish of Harris comprises, besides Harris proper, sever...

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Eureka - 59781
What began with the
discovery of two seafaring brothers who died on consecutive days in
September 1872 has developed into the story of the vessel that they
were serving on at the time of their deaths. The Eureka arrived at King William’s Dock, Dundee from S...

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The Story of Three Harris Seamen
On the shore of Ob
Liceasto in East Loch Tarbert stand the tobhta, or ruined walls, of a
house that was built two hundred tears ago. It was home to a tailor
John Kerr from Strond and his wife Margaret Martin. They had five
sons and five daughters and at lea...

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Eilean Beag Donn A' Chuain
There is a recording on  Tobar an Dualchais  of the song Eilean Beag Donn A' Chuain (Little Brown Island in the Ocean) by Donald Macdonald Morrison (1859-1951) who emigrated to Duluth, Minnesota. His brother Murdo Morrison left with him but returned to Lewi...

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Norman MacCaig's Island Family
Joanna McCaig (MS
McLeod) died in Edinburgh on 2 December 1959 of Cardiovascular
degeneration. Her son, Norman, registered the death.. His widowed
mother would have been 82 just a few weeks later. In an  earlier piece  I mentioned that Johanna had been born...

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The Valuation Roll of Harris in 1855 (Part 1)
The latest release of
Valuation Rolls online provides an excellent window into Harris at a time
when people on the estate were still suffering from the after-effects of famines, forced emigrations and the fear of further clearances. It was being
administere...

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North Uist Weavers & Weaveresses
I thought I would take
a wee look at the census records for those engaged in weaving in
North Uist: 1841 Male - 2 Female
- 21 Total - 23 1851 Male – 6
Female – 103 Total - 109 1861 Male – 2
Female - 63 Total - 65 1871 Male - 2 Female
- 89 T...

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Which Roderick?
Which Roderick? At 11pm on the 10
August 1867 John McKinnon took his fist breaths, his cries carried on
the clear, cold air over Direcleit, Harris. John was the first-born
of Anne Kerr and her husband Alex McKinnon, who came from Scalpay
which was where the...

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"...soft-footed technocrats who draw down six-figure salaries in exchange for implementing “right-sizing” exercises and “internationalisation programmes”, while harried academics are forced to deal with a wall of bureaucracy that is being constructed, form-by-form, between them and their students."
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