Saturday, 28 May 2011

Napier witnesses: Roderick Mcsween

Roderick Mcsween was the witness giving evidence on behalf of the crofters of Steinish at the Napier Inquiry at Stornoway, on 9 June 1883. We find him in the 1881 census at 6 Stenish Road, aged 69, married to Lilly who is of the same age. Their son Donald (25) is in their house, as is their granddaughter Jannet Murray (11).  Roderick is marked as born in Harris. The 1861 census shows the couple at 39 Steenish Road, now aged 46. Their 7 children, Catherine (22), Angus (19), John (17), Donald (13), Peter (11), Rosy (9) and Donald Murdo (5) are shown on the census entry as well. The same listing, minus those aged below 10, are displayed on the 1851 census.

Roderick passed away on 12 April 1897, aged 80, having suffered from influenza and bronchitis. His parents are named as Angus and Margaret (nee Campbell). His wife Lilly died three years before, in 1894 at the age of 77. 

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