Sunday, 27 March 2011

Napier witnesses: Hugh Morrison

Hugh Morrison presented me with problems in researching his family history, as he does not appear in either the 1881 or 1891 census for the Bays area of Harris. Hugh is quoted in the Napier Report as coming from Finsbay, a couple of miles north of Rodel, enumeration district 4 in the 1881 census. However, the only Hugh Morrison that the 1881 census knows in that area is a 23-year old militiaman, whose parents are called John and Mary. The 1871 census however makes clear that this Hugh is from Ardvie, well north of Finsbay. Neither is there any death recorded for a Hugh Morrison in Harris between 1881 and 1891.

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