Coast Guards of Stornoway

It appears that the Coast Guard presence in Stornoway appeared during the late1880s:

1871
Kenneth Mackenzie, 54, Coast Guard Superannuated Chief Boatman, 29 Kenneth St b. Stornoway

1881
Ralph Mackenzie, 56, Pensioner Coast Guard, 32 Kenneth St, b. Stornoway

1891
Willam Lott, 55, Divisional Officer of Coast Guard, Head, The Cottage, b. Kent, England
Joseph Carlisle, 58, Commander Coast Guard (Boatman), 18 Newton St, b. Girton, Ayr
Joseph Trout, 41, Coast Guard Officer, 2, Sea View Terrace, b. England
William H Rutland, 37, Coast Guardsman, 3 Sea View Terrace, b. England
Archibald Savage, 36, Ship Carpenter Coast Guard, 4 Sea View Terrace, b. England
James Smith, 34, Coast Guard (Comm.Boatman), 5 Sea View Terrace, b. Glasgow
William H Ellis, 32, Coast Guard Service, 6 Sea View Terrace, b. England
William Cotter, 31, Boatman Coast Guard, 7 Sea View Terrace, b. England
Patrick Moore, 32, Coast Guard Boatman, 48 Cromwell St, b. Ireland
Ralph Mackenzie, 66, Coastguard Pensioner, 41 Bayhead St, b. Stornoway

1901
Patrick Green, 37, Commissioner Boatman HMC, 4 Sea View Terrace, b. Swansea, S Wales
John Squires, 31, Coast Guard Boatman, 6 Sea View Terrace, b. England
William Stock, 40, Coast Guard Boatman, 8 Sea View Terrace, b. England
A J Pennington, 38, Carpenter Coast Guard, 10 Sea View Terrace, b. Davenport, England
John Gillanders, 44, Boatman Coast Guards, 12 Sea View Terrace, b. Applecross, Ross
William H Chick, 34, Boatman Coast Guards, 14 Sea View Terrace, b. England
Harry Callum, 30, Coat Guard, 16 Sea View Terrace, b. England
Ernest Davie, 30, Coast Guard Boatman, 22 Sea View Terrace, b. England
Arthur J Horsham, 30, Coast Guard Boatman, 24 Sea View Terrace, b. Ireland

It is clear that, with the exception of the two Mackenzie men who are living-out their retirements in their home town, none of the recorded Coast Guards were locals.

I have not listed the families, many of whom were present, but we can see that they predominantly lived in Sea View Terrace and that the vast majority were English. The earliest birth in Stornoway to one of the 1891 families was in 1888, the earliest that I can confirm the Coast Guards had arrived by.

A History of HM Coastguard can be read here: http://www.torbaycoastguard.co.uk/history.html

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