In the course of a piece of research, I came upon a weddingin 1904 that took place at the Borve Mission House, Harris.
The certificaterecords that the ceremony was performed ‘According to the Forms of the UnitedFree Church of Scotland.’ The Minister was one Farquhar Kennedy from Lochalsh who in 1901 wasboarding at Manish Cottage with the Davidson family of the late Free ChurchMinister, Alexander Davidson.
Not having previously heard of Borve Mission House, Iendeavoured to learn more about it. A search on RCAHMS produced the Mission House in the old schoolbuilding on Scarpand a Mission Hall in Seilibost Seilibost. A more general search returned the Finsbay Mission House which is now an art studiobut certainly was performing its earlier function according to the records ofthe 1901 Census when the family of the 44 year-old Missionary Ronald MacSweenwere living there.
That same Census also provides us with a United Free ChurchMissionary at Little Borve. He was 56 year-old Donald MacDonald with his wifeand two daughters, the younger of whom having been born in North Uist some 18years earlier unlike her sister and parents who were all born in Harris. Their home is not referred to as ‘Borve Mission House’ but whether that is significant or not I cannot tell.
(Incidentally, in the previous Census of 1891 there was aMissionary along the coast at Big Borve, Lachlan Munro, but this was prior tothe formation of the United Free Church)
Turning to the United Free Church for possible assistance, I foundthis interesting and useful brief historybut the only archives I can locate do not appear to include those ofmissionaries working in Scotland?
Finally, I have been unable to find Borve Mission House onany maps so if anyone can provide some more details about this building I wouldbe delighted to hear from you!