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    Scottish GENES (GEnealogy News and EventS)

    With all the wealth of resources we have on ElectricScotland I thought I would add some more........:tongue:

    After posting some video's by Chris Paton on another thread I decided to click on 'the link' and found a lot more information that some may find useful..............

    The top stories and events from Chris Paton concerning Scottish ancestral research, with news from around the UK and beyond. Feel free to quote from this blog, but please credit Scottish GENES if you do so, and with a link. Should you wish to get in touch, please do so at enquiry @ Alba gu bragh!

    Here is a current sample............................................ .........

    St Kilda and Mingulay school log books go online
    An abridged story from the National Records of Scotland news site:

    The last school log books for the abandoned islands of St Kilda and Mingulay have gone online, thanks to a partnership between the National Records of Scotland (NRS) and the Tasglann nan Eilean Siar (Hebridean Archives). After a careful conservation and digitisation effort, both books are now available as virtual books, allowing the browser to flip through the pages and zoom in to read individual text.

    These fascinating documents give a weekly account of life on these islands from the school teachers' point of view, commenting on discipline, the weather and the progress being made by the students. Attendance is often an issue, with children being kept away from school to help with picking potatoes, cutting peat or unloading the supply boats. Illness and fear of illness also had an effect. The Mingulay log book, covering the years 1875 to 1910, notes for Valentine’s Day 1896 "Only 20 came forward on Friday. This is owing to a whim of the parents that two or three other children are infected with a harmless rash on their hands. It is all a want of control of the [School] Board."

    The St Kilda log book, dating from 1901 until the island was evacuated in 1930, is equally detailed. Its final pages record important non-school events such as the death of Mrs John Gillies (Mary Gillies), the visit of Tom Johnston MP and Under Secretary of State for Scotland, and the final day of the school before evacuation.

    To view the books visit the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar website at and follow the links to the volumes.

    For more on the story visit the NRS website at

    (NB: St Kilda, aka Hiort, is to the west of Harris; Mingulay is south of Barra and Vatersay

    Item courtesy of "Scottish Genes"

    Here is link to site :cool::cool: