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View from SE of associated farm buildings, photographed 28 July 1993 Digital image of C 19661

SC 797136

Description View from SE of associated farm buildings, photographed 28 July 1993 Digital image of C 19661

Date 1993

Catalogue Number SC 797136

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of C 19661

Scope and Content Barra Head Lighthouse, Berneray, Western Isles, from south-east The farm buildings which belong to Barra Head Lighthouse, viewed here from the south-east, stand within a stone-walled enclosure. The building is long and low with a flat roof. It is likely that cattle were kept here to provide fresh milk for the keepers. Donkeys were also kept at some remote lighthouses to be used as transport for the keepers. Barra Head was built in 1833. In 1794 there had only been three families on the island, but by 1881 there were 57 people there. During the early years of the 20th century the inhabitants left, leaving only the keepers on the island. Due to bad weather the keepers might be completely isolated for up to six weeks with boats unable to land with provisions, therefore it was important that they had some livestock to provide some essentials. Berneray, on which the Barra Head Lighthouse is situated, is the most southerly of several small islands to the south of the island of Barra. The islands are often known as the Bishop's Isles, as in medieval times they belonged to the Bishop of Man and Sodor. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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