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Hudson's Bay Company The Hudson's Bay Company, founded by Royal Charter in 1670, is the oldest chartered trading company in the world. Its main interest for the first two centuries was the fur trade, controlled from its headquarters at York... 19868
John Alex Mackenzie, Haulage Contractor John Alex Mackenzie, Haulage Contractor, Laxay had the contract for gritting the roads at one time. 22648
Boots the Chemist Boots the Chemist began in Nottingham in 1849 with the opening of John Boot's British and American Botanic Establishment, and has grown to become an international chain with shops in 130 countries. The small Stornoway... 23945
Macdonald Printers and Publishers Macdonald Printers and Publishers was founded in 1957 by Callum Macdonald. Due to the successful development of work for the University of Edinburgh and Scottish Widows the company outgrew its Edinburgh city centre... 26713
Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada A Canadian-based international financial sevices organization that began life as "Sun Mutual life Assurance Company of Montreal". It was founded in 1865 by Mathew Hamilton Gault, son of an Irish merchant and ship-owner... 28597
Buth Dhomhnaill an Eachainn, Lacasaigh Buth Dhomhnaill an Eachainn at 20 Laxay was in a closet under the stair of the house and you waited in the kitchen until Catriona was ready to serve you. 29166
Buth Iain Dhomhnaill, Lacasaigh Buth Iain Dhomhnaill was very popular as the Macivers also ran the Post Office and had the only telephone in the village at that time. Iain Dhomhnaill's house and shop were in the middle of the village, at 13b. There... 29167
Buth Ciorstag, Lacasaigh Buth Ciorstag was run by two sisters, Ciorstag and Mairi Tharamoid. They sold the usual necessities: bread, tea, sugar, sweets, tobacco and paraffin which was in great demand at the time for the lanterns. Malcolm... 29169
Buth Merron, Lacasaigh Buth Merron at 28 Laxay was originally a Police cottage, the last policeman to have lived there being Hugh Fraser. His daughter Marion, ran the shop. 29170
Buth Sheonnaidh Dhuinn, Lacasaigh Buth Sheonnaidh Dhuinn was located at 5 Laxay. Sheonnaidh was a carter and brought the goods over from Stornoway on a certain day of the week. People from South Lochs and Kinloch would then come over to Laxay to buy... 29171
Post Office, Arivruach Donald Montgomery and his wife Isobel, 7 Arivruach ran the first Post Office in the village which opened in 1950 until they emigrated to Australia in 1952. Malcolm Martin (1923-1997), 26 Arivruach took over the running... 36661
Buth Dhomhnaill Mhoir, 21 Baile Ailean Donald Macleod returned home after serving in the First World War. He set up shop right next door to the shop at 20a Balallan and although both sold the same kind of commodities, there was never any rivalry between them... 37772
Buth a Bhaicear, 52b Baile Ailean John Macdonald emigrated to Boston, USA where he became a master baker. On his return to Lewis he opened a bakery opposite 21 Balallan. He soon realised that people in Lewis at that time did not have the same... 37817
Thomas Smith & Co, Stornoway This company was involved in the finishing process for the Harris Tweed industry. 40850
J & J Tod Ltd J & J Tod Ltd of Leith was a wholesale provision merchants owned by Gilbert Archer. After the Great War, James Macdonald of Habost was a commercial traveller for the firm, which later opened premises at 10 Francis... 42659
Smiths Shoe Shop, 87 Cromwell Street, Stornoway Smiths Shoe Shop, 87 Cromwell Street, Stornoway - also known as the Stornoway Parliament. The shop closed in 2006. 43163
Hugh Matheson's shop Hugh Matheson's shop was located on Francis Street, Stornoway 43165
Star Inn, 13 South Beach Street, Stornoway These premises were at one time operated under the name of Lewis Coffee House and reverted back to its former name, Star Inn, around 1930. 43166
Charles Morrison & Son Charles Morrison came from Dornoch to Stornoway in the mid-19th century and established a ship's chandlers on Bank Street, known as Buth Thearlaich, which became widely known and appreciated. It eventually amalgamated... 43168
MacKenzie & MacFarlane, Point Street MacKenzie & MacFarlane's shop was originally set up by two men from Crobeg, Lochs. John Mackenzie (1836-1903) was the son of Coinneach Bad-a-Cro or Coinneach Crossbost, as he was the last Tacksman in Crossbost. John... 43169
J & P Coats, Paisley J & P Coats were a company involved in the manufacture of sewing and embroidery thread. 43769
Easton, Gibb & Son Easton, Gibb & Son was a Scottish engineering firm, specialising in public works projects. In 1900, Alexander Gibb became the firm's chairman and managing director, taking over from his father. Under his... 43811
Dugald Maclean, Butcher Dugald Maclean was a butcher with premises at Point Street, Stornoway. 45695
Charles Macleod, Butcher This butchery business was set up by Charles Menendez Macleod in Ropework Road, Stornoway in 1947.  45699
Blue Star Shipping Company The Blue Star Line was owned by Vestey Brothers, Union Cold Storage Company and commenced operating their own ships in 1909, principally for the carriage of frozen produce initially from South America and China. 46087
Kenneth Mackenzie & Co Ltd, Stornoway Kenneth Mackenzie is the oldest and biggest mill in Stornoway. The mills took over the production of yarn, dyeing and finishing tweed, while the weaving was and still is done on looms owned and used at home by weavers.... 48813
Buth Iain Sheonaidh The old shop and bakery at No 16 Cromore was owned by John Smith and was known as Buth Iain Sheonaidh. The building, which still stands today, was the centre of many activities in the village with all the old bodachs... 49549
Buth Fhionnlaigh Bùth Fhionnlaigh was a shop owned by Finlay Smith, 15 Cromore. Goods for the shop were brought by boat from Stornoway. 49553
Seada Thorcuill Torquil Macleod (Tocuill Shiomon), 3 Garyvard was a shoemaker who worked form a shed which still stands beside the steading at croft No 3. His business was confined to shoemaking, mostly in the 1930s. 51715
Buth Murdag Shiomon Murdina Macleod (Murdag Shiomon), 3 Garyvard revived the shop which her grandfather Murdo Macleod had operated from the family home around the turn of the Century. Murdag was a true entrepreneur; she bought and sold... 51730

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