The Early Medical Men of Lewis 1700-1918

The Early Medical Men of Lewis 1700-1918 Few if any surviving historical records recall the names of the individuals who once administered to the medical needs of Lewis folk prior to the beginning of the 18th century. It is only from about 1700 onward that names and...

Work of the herring girls

Work of the herring girls Girls at their first year at the gutting were called cùibhlearan or coilers. They were paid less than the older girls due to their slowness and inexperience. They had to learn quickly. By the following season they would be fully proficient in...

A Historical Overview

A Historical Overview The Norse domination of the Hebrides lasted from about 800 to 1266 AD. The old castle of Stornoway, whose ruins were finally demolished in 1882, was originally built around 1300 by the Nicolsons who were themselves of Norse origin. From about the...

Sy 1964

See if you can recognise anyone in this 13 minute colour film of Stornoway taken in 1964 by a visitor during Carnival Week Look out for some of of our public lecture films too on our You Tube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2b-DhNUD2g © Ken Holgate. Used...

Old Manor revisited

 Part 1 The first Manor Park housing scheme was completed in 1939. That is over 70 years ago. I am going to try and remember all of the original tenants who occupied the fifty six houses.  They were well constructed with real bricks – not cement blocks. The rooms were...