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TITLE
Stornoway
EXTERNAL ID
PC_PRISCUS_WCS6388
PLACENAME
Stornoway
DISTRICT
Lewis
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Stornoway
PERIOD
1890s
CREATOR
George Washington Wilson
SOURCE
Mark Butterworth - Priscus
ASSET ID
29622
KEYWORDS
islands
Long Island
Outer Hebrides
Lewis
Harris
herring
fishing
ports
Stornoway

This photograph was taken by Scottish photographer George Washington Wilson (1823-93) and was used to illustrate talks he gave on Highland history. The following description is taken from Washington Wilson's own lecture notes.

The Long Island, which we first proceed to visit after leaving Skye, is the most important of the Outer Hebrides. It is divided into two districts, Lewis and Harris, the former attached to Ross-shire and the latter to Inverness. The principal seaport and town on the Island is Stornoway, a very important place during the herring fishing season. The country everywhere in Lewis, excepting along the margin of the sea and in the immediate neighbourhood of Stornoway, is open, brown, bare, and quite uninteresting. As is usual in all the Islands of the Hebrides, there is a green line round the sea shore; but throughout the interior it is uninviting, and bare of everything, almost of heath itself, although in early times it is said the Island was famed for its fertility.

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Stornoway

ROSS: Stornoway

1890s

islands; Long Island; Outer Hebrides; Lewis; Harris; herring; fishing; ports

Mark Butterworth - Priscus

Imaging the Past

This photograph was taken by Scottish photographer George Washington Wilson (1823-93) and was used to illustrate talks he gave on Highland history. The following description is taken from Washington Wilson's own lecture notes.<br /> <br /> The Long Island, which we first proceed to visit after leaving Skye, is the most important of the Outer Hebrides. It is divided into two districts, Lewis and Harris, the former attached to Ross-shire and the latter to Inverness. The principal seaport and town on the Island is Stornoway, a very important place during the herring fishing season. The country everywhere in Lewis, excepting along the margin of the sea and in the immediate neighbourhood of Stornoway, is open, brown, bare, and quite uninteresting. As is usual in all the Islands of the Hebrides, there is a green line round the sea shore; but throughout the interior it is uninviting, and bare of everything, almost of heath itself, although in early times it is said the Island was famed for its fertility.