Welcome to Stornoway Historical Society and to our website

We hope you enjoy browsing through the features and gallery whether you’re a real SY or just interested in the town and island. If you have any memories you could send us, questions you think we could help with, please contact us. You might even be able to correct us if we’ve got something wrong!

In Stornoway parlance “haoidh coves and blones – any yarns down the vile?”

The Name Stornoway

The name Stornoway (Scottish Gaelic-‘Steornabhagh’) derives from ‘Sjornavagr’, the Old Norse for ‘steering bay’. Stornoway has been settled since at least Viking times although there is archaeological evidence of Neolithic activity in the near vicinity of the town.

Stornoway 1964


Chalk to Computer- The Francis St Building 1843 till 2018

The Francis Street building (FSB) which now houses e-Sgoil. (Photographed using a drone.) From Chalk to computer by Angus Maclennan The Francis Street Building 1843 till 2018 If you are interested in architecture and history, it’s worth your while spending some time...

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From Stornoway, Lewis to Stornoway, Quebec

The third of our winter series of public lectures will be held on Monday 28th January 2019 at 7.00 pm in the Council Chambers, Sandwick Rd. Our guest speaker is the author, singer and folklorist, Dr Margaret Bennett, who who will speaking on the theme of "From...

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