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Does anyone have Class photos of Bragar from the above era? I would love to see or get copies. Many thanks
School Days Are The Best
I was born in 1952, and went to Bragar School. The headmaster was Mr McIver and teachers I remember were Mrs MacDonald (Carloway) and Mrs Mitchell (Shawbost). I used to cross the road to the shop up the hill, and also the one further down the road. I don't come back often enough, and when I do, I wish I had never left. The days of the Fillums (movies) with the Highland and Islands Film Guild were great, held in the school in the evenings, mostly Laurel and Hardy and a War Film, but the walk home in the dark was sometimes more scarey - unless you were the lucky owner of a slim silver pocket torch with a lens like a bulls eye, which we also tortured ourselves with in summer trying to burn our skin (I know, I don't understand it either). Laxays shop was great, with the paraffin, the sliced bacon, rope, Camp Coffee, and he hated threepenny bits, they always got stuck in the nooks and... Read more
Mrs Mitchell, Teacher
I just read the memories of South Shawbost and mention of Mrs Mitchell, teacher, has encouraged me to write.
Mrs Mitchell was Aunty Jean to me and my siblings: she was the sister of my mother Dolina Mitchell. Dolina had left Lewis for Yorkshire as part of the war effort and never returned except for holidays: we were taken along too.
I never saw Jean in action as a teacher and I once said to my mother, I wish Aunty Jean could be my teacher and she replied, you'd have to work very hard with her, she's very strict.
We only visited Shawbost from time to time so I cannot say that I knew Jean very well but one memory is of watching her knitting. I have never seen anyone knit so fast: phenomenally fast; and I thought my mother was quick!
I visited Lewis with other members of my family in 2007 for the first time in over 30 years and we visited the grave... Read more
Look For Mrs Mitchell, Teacher!
I responded to a memory in another album, South Bragar: they mention Mrs Mitchell the teacher there. Mrs Mitchell was my Aunty Jean so please go along to that Album to see my own mini memories of having relatives in South Shawbost and visiting there from time to time, the last time being in 2007.
I am doing my family tree and my grandmother was born in Lewis Castle, Grooms House, Castle Stables, my great-grandparents were called George Steven and Josephine Clarke. I am trying to find out any info or even find a pic of the Grooms House, any help would be fab as I'm stuck.
Holidays at Steinish
My lovely memories of holidaying at Steinish and doing baking with my Great-aunt Isabella. The house was a lovely old house near the beach and close to the aerodrome. My great-aunts were named Macarther and I would be grateful for any information if anyone knew them. Some of my fondest memories are when I was with my great-aunty. Thanks, Morag.
My mother and I came from the USA to Port of Ness in the summer of 1939. We lived in Port of Ness and I went to Lionel School until I was in Class 2. These were the war years, but we were relatively safe in Port of Ness. I have wonderful, wonderful memories of my life there with my cousins, playing on the pier and the sands. It was the best time of my life. We came back to America in 1949 and now live in Michigan. My maiden name was Christine Mary MacDonald and I still have cousins in Port of Ness. My married surname is Pratt. My husband is Dean and I have two grown children, Donna and John and four grandchildren. I am now 72 years old and wish I could come back for a visit but it's not possible now. My grandparents lived at 14 Port of Ness and the other grandparents lived at 10... Read more