New Job Available

Seallam! Visitor Centre – We are hiring!

Job Title – Heritage Officer

Location – Northton, Isle of Harris

Contract Type – Two-year full-time post funded by the Heritage Lottery from June 2021.

Salary – £23,500 per annum

Job Purpose – The successful applicant will be expected to assist in cataloguing the existing archive, computerising written records, and generally assisting Mr Lawson with genealogical research. The successful applicant will also be expected to organise and assist in developing digital resources for schools, care homes and media.

What we are looking for – A fluent Gaelic Speaker; a strong interest/passion in heritage; good experience in digital working.

Full job description and person specification available from or by emailing info@hebridespeople,com. If you wish to apply please send a CV and cover letter addressing why you are suitable for the positon to

Closing Date Monday 7th June 5pm.

Emigration to Eastern Townships of Quebec

The earliest move from Lewis to the Eastern Townships of Quebec appears to have been a settlement in Bury in 1838, spreading into Lingwick in 1841. A major group arrived in 1851, settling mainly in Lingwick also, but when free government land became available in Winslow and Whitton, many of the settlers moved there. Settlers continued to arrive throughout the 1850’s, with another major group arriving in 1863. Settlement was now progressing to Hampden and Marston Townships, and it was here that many of the later emigrants settled. Even as late as the 1880s, families were still arriving, mainly from Lewis, but with a few families also from Harris, but by 1890 the main stream of emigration had stopped, and only a few families arrived thereafter, usually to join relatives already in Quebec.

It is fascinating to find so many Lewis placenames in the Eastern Townships, named by the settlers after their Island homes – Galson, Tolsta, Stornoway, Baile Bharabhais, Baile Shiadair, Gisla, Dell, Balallan, Bosta, Druim a’ Bhaic and Ness Hill. But in many cases, only the names remain to testify to the origins of the settlers.

HebridesPeople  specialises in Western Isles of Scotland Genealogy as well as in the emigrants who left there. If you would like to learn more – the Register of Emigrant Families to Quebec is available here