It is the 31st March 1901 and we are at the Tinkers Camp in Market Stance, Stornoway.
There are two families here, the Macdonalds and the Stewarts:
Donald Macdonald, 45, Travelling Tinsmith, b. Lochcarron, Sutherland
Christina Macdonald, 40, Travelling Tinsmith, Wife, b. Gairloch, Ross
Jane Macdonald, 20, Travelling Tinsmith, Daughter, b. Stornoway
Donald Macdonald, 19, Travelling Tinsmith, b. Stornoway
George Macdonald, 15, Son, b. Stornoway
John Macdonald, 15, Son, b. Stornoway
Peter Macdonald, 6, Son, b. Stornoway
Benjamin Macdonald, 4, Son, b. Stornoway
Alexander Stewart, 22, Tinsmith Traveller, b. Stornoway
Mary Stewart, 21, Tinsmith’s Wife, b. Broadfield, Inverness
Coll Stewart, 2, Son, b. Barvas, Ross
Jane Stewart, 2 months, Daughter, b. Barvas, Ross
Several things strike me:
These two families were obviously welcomed within the town and given a prime location to stay.
The two Stewart children were both born in Barvas and the youngest some two months earlier so the family had been on the island since at least January of that year.
All the Macdonald children are said to have been born in Stornoway. Was this the fact, indicating at least 20 years of visiting the town, or did the person responsible for providing the birthplaces simplify things? Only a search of the records can answer that question.
My earlier entry on ‘Two Traveller Families’ dealt with two Stewart families, one of which included a couple of Barvas-born offspring but no Alexander.
If nothing else, I have learnt that in 1901 there was a ‘Tinkers Camp in the Market Stance’ in Stornoway.
(Earlier piece can be found here: Two Traveller Families)