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...

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...

Battery ploys

This piece was part of a lecture given by Roddy J. MacLeod (Barts) to the Stornoway Historical Society in November 2010. Further recollections will follow. Battery as a Paradise in which to Fish and Play Any description of the ploys and pastimes of Battery Boys and...

The Goody – Shops

  Stornoway in the thirties was a much smaller town than it is today and for children it was stratified by where they lived. By virtue of having my home down town on Bank Street and a Grannie living in Bayhead I had a foot in both camps. We had tremendous freedom...