Liosta Freumhan Sgìre Bharabhais

Seo liosta de chlàran a tha air an cumail aig Tasglann nan Eilean Siar agus buidhnean eile aig a bheil buinteanas ri sgìre Bharabhais suas gu sgìre Nis. Cuir fios thugainn ma tha fios agaibh air clàran eile a bheireadh cuideachadh dha luchd-rannsachaidh.

Tha na leanas air a chumail ann an Steòrnabhagh agus gheibh sibh sùil orra tro Tasglann nan Eilean Siar. Ma tha sibh airson catalog fhaicinn, leig fios.  


            1          Clàran riaghaltas ionadail

            2          Sgoiltean

            3          Clàran a chaidh a thoirt dhan Tasglann

            4          Freumhan eile



Comhairle Sgìre Bharabhais

Established in 1845, Parishes (or Parochial Boards as they started out) were responsible for raising and administering poor relief.  Barvas Parish Council was abolished in 1930 with its powers transferring to Lewis District Council.

Minutes 1884-1930

Applications for parochial relief 1914-1930

General Registers of the poor 1884-1930


Comataidh Sgìre Leòdhais

The District Committee was established in 1890, undertaking functions on behalf of Ross and Cromarty County Council.  Its main responsibilities included roads and bridges and various local amenities that fell outwith the Parish Council’s remit.  The Committee was abolished in 1930.

Minutes 1890-1930


Comhairle Sgìre Leòdhais

Lewis District Council was established in 1930 to serve as local agents for Ross and Cromarty County Council.  Responsibilities included public health, nursing, housing, roads, harbours, water supply and drainage but excluded police and education.  It was abolished in 1975 with its powers transferring to the newly formed Comhairle nan Eilean.

Minutes 1930-1974

Abstract of Accounts 1956-1972

Account Books 1915-1969

Cash Books 1949-1974

Lewis District Council Cash Book 1960-1963

Scroll Cash Books 1956-1970

Postage Book 1951-1958

Parish of Barvas Valuation Roll 1948-1949

Parishes of Stornoway, Barvas, Lochs and Uig valuation rolls 1958-1959


Taigh nam Bochd, Steòrnabhagh

The Parish of Barvas was jointly responsibly for the maintenance of the poorhouse along with the parishes of Lochs, Uig and Stornoway.

Minute books 1893-1970

Letter books 1914-1933

Cash books 1953-1968

Visiting Committee Reports 1926-1962

Garden Records 1941-1967



The graveyards in the area are owned and maintained by the community:

Barvas Cemetery:                   Records held by cemetery clerk

Habost Cemetery:                   Records held by cemetery clerk


2          SGOILTEAN

NB:      Log books are closed to public access for 35 years; admission registers for 100 years from the last entry in the volume


Bòrd Sgoil Bharabhais / Fo-chomataidh foghlam sgìre Leòdhais

Barvas School Board was established in 1873, merging with the school boards of Lochs, Stornoway, Uig and Achmore in 1919 to form the Lewis District Education Sub-Committee.  The committee’s functions were absorbed into the Education Department of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in 1975.

Barvas School Board: Minutes 1873-1919

Lewis District Education Sub-Committee: Minutes 1919-1975


The following individual school records are held:



Held by Ness Historical Society: Log books 1904-1988



Admission registers 1881-2007 (100 year closure period), Log book 1878-1902. [Later log books are in private hands.  Please contact tasglann@tasglann.org.uk)


Held by Comann Eachdraidh Nis: Admission registers 1937-2008 (closed 100 years), log books 1896-1986, simplified summaries 1990-2003, attendance registers 1991-2003 (closed 100 years), certificates of attendance 1948-1967


Attendance registers 1976-1995


Records held by the school


Log books 1892-1965



Urras MhicAmhlaigh Rhodesia

This collection contains minutes from the meetings of the Trust where applications for financial assistance from islanders were discussed. These date from 1956-1961. It also contains correspondence between members of the board and applicants and also members of the board and Barclays Bank.

Minutes and papers 1952-1961 (closed until 2061)

Leabhraichean màl Bharabhais

Rent ledgers maintained by the Lewis estate factor under the Matheson and Leverhume periods relating to properties from Barvas to Ness. 

Ledgers 1854-1920


4          FREUMHAN EILE

There are many collections of useful archives held in private or voluntary group hands relating to the Barvas parish area.  There is no statutory right of access to these records but many custodians are willing to aid researchers. The following organisations may well be worth contacting for help with your research.  Further details can be found at http://www.tasglann.org.uk


            Comunn Eachdraidh Bharabhais agus Bhrù

Barvas and Brue Comann Eachdraidh is a good local resource to remember. They hold information on the genealogy connected with the area, photographs, archives and objects. More information can be found on their website at http://www.barvasandbrue.com/


Comunn Eachdraidh Nis

The historical society is based in the former school at Cross and covers the area from Balantrushal to the Port of Ness.  They hold an extensive archive relating to genealogy, croft history, local businesses and organisations. The website can be found at http://www.c-e-n.org/



Church records can be a useful resource for researchers.  Where they survive they are still held by the churches 

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