View of Tarskavaig and the Cuillin


Ardvasar Hotel - past

Ardvasar Hotel, mid 1940s


Duisdale House - Kitchen Staff

Duidale House

Duisdale House


Local sites
Local connections
Local history societies
Useful information


Local sites – Sleat and Skye – Sleat Community Trust – SEALL, the local arts organisation in Sleat – information on accommodation, food & drink, facilities etc for the visitor to Sleat – The Camuscross and Duisdale Initiative - a local community group with a wide remit including heritage and interpretation – Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the National Gaelic College based in Sleat – Armadale Castle and the Museum of the Isles. Our local museum and genealogy research centre Sleat folklore project - information on a range of folklore subjects, with audio files of songs and interviews with several Slèitich – The Skye Museum of Island Life, based in Kilmuir, in north Skye

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Local connections

Alexander Robertson and Sons Ltd (Yachtbuilders) on Wikipedia – the history of a yachtbuilding firm in Sandbank, Argyll, which had strong connections to Tarskavaig

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Comainn Eachdraidh/Local History Societies etc

Portree Local History Society - now on Facebook as Comann Eachdraidh Ionadail Phortrigh – Raasay Heritage Trust – Applecross Historical Society – Moidart History Group – the Isle of Eigg History Society – A listing of local history societies in the Highlands and Islands (includes links) – Access to the collections of the local history societies in the Western Isles

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Useful Information Highland Historic Environment Record gives access to information on historic and archaeological sites across Highland region – for a transcript of the Napier Commission (the Royal Commission on the Condition of Crofting, 1883). Volume 1 includes witness statements of crofters from Sleat and other parts of Skye. – Original resources for Highland and Island history based on the collections in Highland Council Libraries and Archives, and other libraries and archives in the area. Includes a searchable index of 19th century Highland newspapers. – More resources, this time from the collections of Scottish museums. A basic search is free. – Transcripts of the Old and New Statistical Accounts of individual Scottish parishes – The Scottish Archive Network. Access to the catalogues of record offices throughout Scotland PLUS useful information and help on a variety of topics and themes eg the Highland and Islands Emigration Society, and reading Scottish handwriting. – The National Library of Scotland – The National Registers of Scotland, which have combined the National Archives of Scotland and the General Register Office since 2011 – The National Register of Archives for Scotland – this provides access to the catalogues of archives not held in the National Archives – Scotland’s Places, a website that allows users to search resources such as historical tax records and Ordnance Survey Name Books using geographic locations. A partnership between the National Records of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland – Scotland’s Rural Past, a project run by RCAHMS until 2011. Useful information on running a field survey and similar projects. – Scotland’s People, the official UK government source of genealogical data for Scotland. Includes access to the statutory registers, Old Parish Registers, censuses and Scottish wills. – The Oral History Society Scottish War Memorials project website. Run by the Scottish Military Research Group, this website records all memorials to soldiers throughout Scotland, not just those of the First and Second World Wars.

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