- Lews Castle
Lews Castle is a Victorian era castle located west of the town of Stornoway,
Isle of Lewis, Scotland. It was built in the years 1847-57 as a country house for Sir James Mathesonwho had bought the whole island a few years previously with his fortune from the Chinese Opium trade.
In 1918, the Lewis estate including the castle was bought by industrialist
Lord Leverhulmefrom the Matheson family. He gifted the castle to the people of Stornoway parish in 1923.
World War IIthe Castle was taken over as accommodation for air and ground crew of 700 Naval Air Squadron, who operated a detachment of six Supermarine Walrusaircraft from a slipway at Cuddy Point in the Grounds. The base was referred to as HMS Mentor. It was also used for accommodation for students of Lews Castle Collegein the 1950s.
Today the building is owned by the local council,
Comhairle nan Eilean Siarand is category A listed building.
* [http://www.lews-castle.com/ Lews Castle Trust]
* [http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/scotgaz/features/featurefirst5266.html Overview of Lews Castle] from The Gazetteer for Scotland
* [http://www.stornowayhistoricalsociety.org.uk/features/castle/ History] from Stornoway Historical Society
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