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Murdo Morrison

Murdo Morrison

from the records of Comunn Eachdraidh na Pairc:

Murdo Morrison (1878-1949) was a son of Angus Morrison and Isabella Macdonald, 9a Calbost.

At Fraseburgh, in 1903, he married Christina Nicolson, 22 Gravir. Murdo and Christina settled at 9a Calbost and they had two children.

Murdo was widowed in 1908 and in 1917 married Christina Maclennan, 18 Marvig. Murdo and Christina had three children.

He earned his living as a weaver, crofter, fisherman. He was a share owner fisherman in a large Zulu sailboat and later on in large motor boats.

Murdo served in the Labour Corps during the First World War and is mentioned in Loyal Lewis: Roll of Honour 1914-1918.

In the 1920s  the family moved from 9 Calbost to the Calbost Common at the Glaic-Mhor.  After building a house there he moved nearer the main road at Buaile Chalaboist still on the Calbost Common and he built another white-house. The policy of the estate was not to acknowledge such squatters on the common grazing and they paid their rent to the village grazing committee. Despite his hard work his holding had no legal standing.

The ruins of Murdo Morrison's home and improvements to his landholding stand as a memorial to his enterprise and industry as well as a condemnation of private landlordism.


Title: Murdo Morrison
Record Type: People
Gaelic Name: Murchadh Aonghais Iain
Also Known As: Murchadh Aonghais
Date of Birth: 1878
Date of Death: 1949
Date of Marriage: 1903
Occupation: Fisherman; Weaver; Crofter; Army Labour Corps
Sex: Male
Bk Reference: CEP 2413
Record Maintained By: CEP
Subject Id: 23623