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Collection RC5/3 - Stornoway Parochial Board / Parish Council, Lewis, Scotland

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GB3002 RC5/3


Stornoway Parochial Board / Parish Council, Lewis, Scotland


  • 1845-1943 (Creation)

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49 volumes

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Name of creator

Stornoway Parish Council (1894-1930)

Administrative history

The Local Government Act 1894 abolished the Board of Supervision and the Parochial Boards, transferring their functions to Local Government Board centrally, and to Parish Council locally. Stornoway Parish Council was a fully elected body. Its main functions were the Poor Law, registration of births, deaths and marriages, child protection, provision of burial grounds, registration of vaccinations, the mentally ill and handicapped. Most public health functions were transferred to Lewis District Committee, with the Burgh of Stornoway taking on some responsibility for its own area. The Parish Council could also concern itself with footpaths, well, harbours and standard ff postal and telegraph services.
The Local Government Act 1929 saw the Parish Council being disbanded in 1930, the bulk of its functions being transferred to Lewis District Council and the Lewis Public Assistance Committee which reported to the County Council.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Internal transfer from Museum nan Eilean (Accn 2011-13)

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Scope and content

Minutes 1845-1943, Applications for Parochial Relief 1889-1930, General Registers of the Poor 1849-1930, Children’s Separate Registers of the Poor 1910-1929, Unadmitted & Unascertained Cases of Settlement 1855-1927, Assessment rolls 1905-1927

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Arranged into series. Within series, items are arranged chronologically.

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Conditions governing access

Open. Some records containing personal data are closed for 75 years from the last date in the volume for records relating to adults and 100 years for records relating to children.

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Language of material

  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Paper volumes

Finding aids

Digital and paper item level list available in searchroom of Tasglann nan Eilean Siar

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Related units of description

GB3002 RC2 Records of Lewis District Committee 1930-1975 (held by Tasglann nan Eilean Siar)

GB3002 RC2 Records of Lewis Combination Poorhouse 1893-1970 (held by Tasglann nan Eilean Siar)

GB3002 RC5/5 Records of Lewis Public Assistance Joint Committee 1930-1975 (held by Tasglann nan Eilean Siar)

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