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Collection RC6 - Lewis District Council, Lewis, Scotland

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GB3002 RC6


Lewis District Council, Lewis, Scotland


  • 1883-1978 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

43 volumes

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Name of creator

Lewis District Council (1930-1975)

Administrative history

The Local Government Act 1929 disbanded the Parish Councils of Barvas, Lochs, Stornoway and Uig and the Lewis District Committee, vesting their functions in Ross & Cromarty County Council headquartered in Dingwall.

Lewis District Councils was formed as an independent authority with its own minor powers and to serve as agents for the County Council in carrying out its functions, with the exception of police and education. The Council’s powers could include public health, nursing services, housing, roads, harbours, water supply and drainage. The Act created Public Assistance Committees who took over the former functions of the Parishes, including the administration of the Poor Law until its abolition in 1948.

Local government reorganisation in 1975 abolished Lewis District Council, transferring their powers to a new local authority, Comhairle nan Eilean (Western Isles Islands Council) headquartered in Stornoway.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Internal transfer from Museum nan Eilean (Accn 2011-13)
Internal transfer (Accn A2012/2 - 8, 9, 10, 12)

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Scope and content

Council minutes 1930-1935; financial records 1915-1974; roads records 1922-1973; architects department 1954-1971; housing records 1954-1978; social work records 1956-1971; planning records 1959-1968; Sandwick Cemetery Committee 1883-1955

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System of arrangement

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 up to 100 years from the last date in the volume.

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Language of material

  • English

Script of material

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 RC5/1 Records of Barvas Parish Council 1884-1930 (held by Tasglann nan Eilean Siar)

GB3002 RC5/2 Records of Lochs Parish Council 1890-1930 (held by Tasglann nan Eilean Siar)

GB3002 RC5/3 Records of Stornoway Parish Council 1845-1943 (held by Tasglann nan Eilean Siar)

GB3002 RC5/4 Records of Uig Parish Council 1885-1930 (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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