Neil and Nelly MacDonald ploughing at Capisdale

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Testimony to the Napier Commission 1883

When the Royal Commission into the State of Crofting (usually known as the Napier Commission) sat at Isle Ornsay, a number of those called to give their testimony...

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Boatyards and Boats

At the shore below Mrs Bunty Macdonald’s house was a boatyard where Sine Macdonald’s grandfather built boats. Boats were also built at Port An Fhiona, nowadays called the...

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The Lighthouse at Isle Ornsay

The Lighthouse was built in 1851, costing £4,527. One man was killed while working there and was buried on the island. My grandmother, from 40 Camuscross, was the first...

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Isle Ornsay Shop

My memory of Isle Ornsay shop is of it being fully stocked with groceries, boots, shoes, pails, brooches and beads and the big bread hampers from Glasgow standing on the shore - the bread...

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A Seafaring Family

The Gillies family - from Corriehanisdal

Murdoch Gillies, born circa 1760-65, was a ferryman, and when Corriehanisdal was cleared, he lived on the Ferryman’s Croft at 1...

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