Bill Lawson Publications

A Register of Emigrant Families from the Western Isles of Scotland to the Prairie Provinces of Canada

Includes information on emigrants to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba including the Killarney, Saltcoats, Wapella and Clandonald settlements from Lewis, Harris the Uists, Benbecula and Barra. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lewis Families and How to Trace Them – Part 3, Point

This book, the third of a series on different parishes in Lewis, is suitable for those with a specific interest in genealogy, and also those with a more general interest in the history of these interesting and beautiful islands off the Atlantic coast of Scotland. Read the rest of this entry »

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Croft History Isle of Harris Vol 5

This book covers the Island of Taransay and the villages of Luskentyre, Seilibost, Horgabost and the Borves. Illustrated with photographs of people and places and maps. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lewis in History and Legend – The East Coast

NEW – BILL LAWSON’S 60TH BOOK
The Isle of Lewis, the largest and most populous of the islands of the Outer Hebrides, has had an eventful history which stretches back thousands of years. In this eagerly awaited second volume of Lewis in History and Legend, Bill Lawson deals with the townships of the east coast of the island, from Tolsta in the north to the boundary with Harris in the south, and with Stornoway, the commercial and administrative capital of the island.

In his own inimitable style, he traces the story of the island from earliest times to the present day, describing the landscape and the physical remains of the past. More importantly, however, he excels in charting the history of the people themselves, weaving his way through the centuries with stories drawn from documented sources, oral tradition, Gaelic song and from his own experiences of many years travelling around the island and researching the history of its families.

The result is a unique insight in to the way of life and history of an island.

Bill Lawson founded the genealogy centre Co Leis Thus? and is genealogical consultant to Northton Heritage Trust, which now runs this research service. He has written sixty books on the genealogies and history of the western Isles. He regularly researches and lectures in North America and Australia. He lives in Northton, Harris.

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ISBN: 9781841583693 Imprint: Birlinn

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Register of Emigrants from the Western Isles of Scotland to the Eastern Townships of Quebec

This was Bill Lawson’s first book, published in Canada by the Compton County Museum. It is the first major genealogical listing of 350 families who emigrated from the Hebrides to Quebec.

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St Columba’s at Uidh, Isle of Lewis

The Church of the MacLeods of Lewis. History of the church, stories of individual residents of the parish going back to 1498 and gravestone inscriptions. 44 pages.

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ISBN: 1 872598 06 4

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St Clement’s, Rodel, Isle of Harris

The Church of the MacLeods of Harris and Skye. History, gravestone inscriptions, listing of 22 tenant farmers in 1680 as well as short histories of individuals back to 1547. 44 pages.

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ISBN: 1 872598 05 6

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The Teampull on the Isle of Pabbay

History of the church and the parish with individual records of residents that emigrated and those who didn’t. The island was cleared in 1846, with many going to Cape Breton and Australia

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ISBN: 1 872598 18 8

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Chi Mi ‘n Tir (Harris Songs)

This book compiles a selection of Gaelic songs from Harris.

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ISBN: 1 872598 26 9

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Harris in History and Legend

This is the story of the communities and people of Harris in history and legend. One of the largest and most famous of all the islands of Scotland, astonishingly little has been written about the varied and eventful life of Harris, perhaps because the island has been so self contained. Including much material on the now deserted islands around Harris, including new information on St Kilda, Bill Lawson’s book is the first modern account of Harris and those who have shaped its history over thousands of years.

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ISBN: 978 1 84158 523 9

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