These are the Catechist (Instructor in Religious Doctrine) records for the 1841-1901 censuses.
There is probably not much to be learnt from this particular group of records but I have included them for the sake of ‘completeness’ in composing an ecclesiastical account from the Harris censuses.
1841 – None
Donald Mackinnon, 39, Catechist and Farmer, Obe, b. Harris
John Morrison, 55, Free Church Catechist, Leac a Li, b. Harris
Donald Mackinnon, 48, Catechist, Obe, b. Harris
Neil Stewart, 70, Catechist, Diraclet, b. Kilmuir, Inverness-shire
Donald Mackinnon, 56, Catechist, Smithy, Harris, b. Harris
Malcolm Morrison, 36, Free Church Catechist, Meavaig, b. Uig, Ross-shire
Donald John Maclean, 55, Catechist, Rushgarry, Bernera, b. Uist
John Smith, 41, Catechist, No 80 Scalpay, b. Uig, Ross-shire
We know that John Morrison (Gobha na Hearadh) had to vacate An-t-Ob as a result of his Free Church adherence so it appears likely that Donald Mackinnon was working for the Church of Scotland.
The 1871 ‘Smithy’ is presumably that in An-t-Ob, rather than the one established in Tarbert by Ewen Morrison, a Blacksmithing Son of John Morrison, Blacksmith and Catechist!