Local News for Thursday 10th November 2016
Lewis descendant is US President-elect
Islanders woke up yesterday to news that a Lewis descendant is to be the next President of the United States, as Republican candidate Donald Trump convincingly defeated his Democrat opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the race for the White House. Mr Trump is the son of a Lewis emigrant, Mary Anne Macleod Trump, who left the village of Tong to work in the United States. Yesterday’s news repeatedly focused on Mr Trump’s Scottish connections, including not only his Western Isles heritage but business interests in mainland Scotland. Mr Trump visited Lewis in 2008, posing for pictures outside the family home in Tong. His sister, senior circuit judge Maryanne Trump Barry, has been a major benefactor to the Bethesda Hospice and Care Home. In 2015, the Stornoway Gazette reported Mr Trump’s first moves towards the presidency under the headline ‘Lewis linked tycoon could be next US president’.