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TITLE
View of the town and harbour of Stornoway
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_26_240
PLACENAME
Stornoway
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Stornoway
DATE OF IMAGE
1799
PERIOD
1790s
CREATOR
Lieut. John Pierie of the Royal Navy
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
30753
KEYWORDS
towns
fishing
harbours
Stornoway
Lewis
Western Isles
tourism
Harris tweed
View of the town and harbour of Stornoway

This illustration of Stornoway, the main settlement of the Isle of Lewis, and its harbour is from Sinclair's Statistical Account of Scotland. The Statistical Account states that Stornoway has a well-frequented harbour and that herring fishing is the main source of income.

Today Stornoway is the only town in the Western Isles and was made a burgh of barony by James VI. The fishing industry declined throughout the 20th century while the Harris tweed industry, which employed many weavers in Stornoway, flourished during the Second World War. The main industries in Stornoway today are tourism, textiles, seafood and offshore oil industries.

The Statistical Account was undertaken by Sir John Sinclair, Member of Parliament for Caithness. He gathered information from ministers in every parish in Scotland and by 1799, twenty-one volumes were complete. They cover agriculture, industry, natural history and many other subjects

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View of the town and harbour of Stornoway

ROSS: Stornoway

1790s

towns; fishing; harbours; Stornoway; Lewis; Western Isles; tourism; Harris tweed

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

This illustration of Stornoway, the main settlement of the Isle of Lewis, and its harbour is from Sinclair's Statistical Account of Scotland. The Statistical Account states that Stornoway has a well-frequented harbour and that herring fishing is the main source of income.<br /> <br /> Today Stornoway is the only town in the Western Isles and was made a burgh of barony by James VI. The fishing industry declined throughout the 20th century while the Harris tweed industry, which employed many weavers in Stornoway, flourished during the Second World War. The main industries in Stornoway today are tourism, textiles, seafood and offshore oil industries.<br /> <br /> The Statistical Account was undertaken by Sir John Sinclair, Member of Parliament for Caithness. He gathered information from ministers in every parish in Scotland and by 1799, twenty-one volumes were complete. They cover agriculture, industry, natural history and many other subjects