Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Iolaire Disaster: Kenneth Macphail’s Story

. . . future generations will speak of it as the blackest day in the history of the island . . .  (Loyal Lewis Roll of Honour 1914-1918, 1920, 311) It was the final day of 1918. After four traumatic … Continue reading

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Charles Morrison’s Diary, 1 to 14 January 1864

Friday 1st January Eighteen Hundred and Sixty Four has now begun and it is natural to look forward to try and see what prospects lies before me. During the year 1863 I have enjoyed health and strength soundness of body … Continue reading

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A Spotter’s Guide to Historic Tobacconists’ Shops

Window Shelves Traditional tobacconists sold combinations of snuff, tobacco, cigars, cigarettes and pipes, often alongside confectionery, stationery, newspapers, or even a barber’s shop. They signalled their presence on the high street in different ways. For example, bottles, jars and canisters … Continue reading

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Charles Morrison’s Diary, 15 to 31 December 1863

Tuesday 15th December I was in the counting house speaking to Mr McKay about a Shop. I wrote to father & Kate. Wednesday 16th December Very stormy. Not much doing. Thursday 17th December We sold 20 Bolls oatmeal to Captain … Continue reading

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Dairy Chain: The Story of the Meadow Dairy Company

Previous posts have discussed the provisions shops of Lipton’s, David Greig, Home & Colonial Stores and the Maypole Dairy Co. All these businesses, though long gone, had distinctive shopfronts which can still – occasionally – be recognised on modern high … Continue reading

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