The Diaspora Project

HISTORY AND CONNECTION

PEOPLE, PROVENANCE AND PLACE

The Diaspora Project sets out to explore the history of Outer Hebridean emigration from 1750 to the present day. 

From the mid-1700s until the turn of the 20th century, there has been a succession of hard trials and tribulations in our Isle of Harris history, pushing and pulling people from our shores.

Thousands of island emigrants have departed from here in search of a better life, leaving their homes, and often families, behind to seek new opportunities across the world.

These great social changes lie at the heart of our island's population issues and underly the Isle of Harris Distillery's purpose.

We want to discover these international connections, old and new, as we search for far-flung island friends and family and bring them closer to their Harris heritage.

So, we invite you to share your Isle of Harris connections with us too. If you, your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents have ties to our island then we’d love to hear from you.

An interactive online map acts as a growing online repository for many of the people, places, stories and journeys uncovered as the project progresses...

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JOIN OUR DIASPORA PROJECT

HOW TO TAKE PART

IF YOU LIVE FAR FROM OUR SHORES AND YOUR FAMILY HAS CONNECTIONS TO THE ISLE OF HARRIS WE'D LOVE TO LEARN ALL ABOUT YOUR FAMILY'S JOURNEY AND GENEALOGY.

PLEASE GET IN TOUCH BY WRITING TO MIKE@HARRISDISTILLERY.COM

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You can also visit the excellent online resource www.hebridespeople.com to explore your own Outer Hebridean genealogy.

Alternatively, connect with our project partner Bill Lawson and his team at the Seallam! Centre in Northton, Isle of Harris.