Hearachs in Lewis (& Vice-Versa)

I thought I’d have a look at migration between Harris & Lewis as evidenced by the census returns in the second-half of the 19thC. For each Parish in Lewis the first set of figures show the numbers of men and women from Harris residing there and those in parenthesis indicate migrations in the opposite direction. The order indicates the numbers from Harris in each census:

1851 – 7 (14)
Lochs –         2M 2F 4T   (0M 2F 2T)
Stornoway –  1M 1F 2T   (4M 3F 7T)
Barvas –        1M 0F 1T
Uig                                    (3M 2F 5T)

1861 – 40 (10)
Lochs –         9M 12F 21T
Stornoway –  8M 9F 17T   (3M 4F 7T)
Uig –              2M 0F 2T     (2M 1F 3T)
Barvas            0                   (0)

1871 – 45 (29)
Stornoway – 15M 19F 34T (3M 12F 15T)
Lochs –          4M 2F 6T     (1M 1F 2T)
Uig –              3M 2F 5T     (2M 6F 8T)
Barvas                                 (3M 1F 4T)

1881 – 15 (51)
Stornoway – 4M 9F 13T  (8M 16F 24T)
Lochs –          2M 0F 2T
Barvas                              (2M 3F 5T)
Uig                                  (11M 9F 20T)

1891 – 16 (27)
Stornoway – 6M 9F 15T   (9M 6F 15T)
Barvas –       0M 1F 1T     (1M 1F 2T)
Lochs                                (1M 0F 1T)
Uig                                    (1M 8F 9T)

1901 – 28 (43)
Stornoway –  5M 11F 16T  (6M 8F 14T)
Lochs –         5M 7F 12T     (1M 3F 4T)
Barvas                                  (2M 3F 5T)
Uig-                                      (3M 17F 20T)

If I was hoping to discern massive migrations I was disappointed. The most surprising thing was that overall some 151 from Harris were found in Lewis whilst 174 born in Lewis were found in Harris. I thought that the ‘draw’ of Stornoway might have reversed this result.

Stornoway does indeed dominate the lists from 1871 onwards during which time it is home to 78 from Harris and sends 68 there in return. Uig is unique in appearing as a net ‘exporter’ of people to Harris at the time of all these censuses.


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