Click for Bookshop

Stornoway

(Steòrnabhagh)

Classification and Statistics

Settlement Type: small town
Population (2001): 5602    
(1991): 5975
(1981): 8639
(Combined with Laxdale, Newmarket, Plasterfield and Sandwick)
(1971): 5152
(1961): 5229
(1951): 4954
(1901): 3711
(Police Burgh)
(1881): 2627
(1871): 2525
(1861): 2587
(1841): 1354

Tourist Rating: Two Stars
Text of Entry Updated: 21-SEP-2015
Location

Latitude: 58.2083°N Longitude: 6.3887°W
National Grid Reference: NB 423 328
A range of modern and historical maps are accessible through the map tab on the right of this page
Get directions by entering the UK postcode of your location, home or hotel here eg. EH1 3YT
 

History
Stornoway Castle, which once lay near the ferry terminal, was built by the Nicholsons in the 12th century but destroyed by Cromwell's troops in 1653 and the ruins removed in 1882 to make way for a pier.

In 1598, James VI decided to raise some funds for his empty treasury by establishing a colony on Lewis and contracted a group of East Coast farmers and gentry - known as the Fife Adventurers - to "plant policy and civilisation in the hitherto most barbarous Isle of Lewis". They captured Stornoway Castle and established a settlement. However, after illness, lack of money and constant harrying by the locals the settlement was abandoned in 1610.

References and Further Reading
Grant, James Shaw (1985) Stornoway and the Lews. James Thin, Edinburgh
Miers, Mary (2008) The Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide. The Rutland Press, Edinburgh

Use the tabs on the right of this page to see other parts of this entry arrow

Related Entries

There are 153 related entries.

(9 Attractions, 1 Council Area, 1 Historical County, 1 Event, 62 Features, 5 Parishes, 11 People and 63 Settlements)

Names that are not linked do not currently contain any information.


If you have found this information useful please consider making
a donation to help maintain and improve this resource. More info...

By using our site you agree to accept cookies, which help us serve you better