Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Napier witnesses: Norman Morrison (Carloway)

Norman Morrison from Knock, Carloway, gave evidence to Lord Napier at Breasclete. He was aged 52 at the time, and he is easily traceable on the 1881 census. We find him there as a crofter in Knock, married to Christy (39) with their family of 7 children, varying in ages from 1 to 15. Although listed as a crofter in '81, the 1871 census lists his occupation as grocer and crofter.

In 1891, his household comprises of 14 people. Norman (60), his wife Christy (47) and five of their children. From the 1901 census, we learn that Norman was in fact born at Dalmore, a mile or so east of Carloway on the coast. At the time, he is aged 71, and lives with Christy (59), two of his children and two grandchildren.

Norman Morrison passed away on 16 November 1909 aged 80. He had been suffering from heart disease for three years. His parents' names are given as Donald and Mary (nee Macleod). His wife Christina (nee Maciver) died in 1929, aged 87.

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