Neil and Nelly MacDonald ploughing at Capisdale

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Gazetteer - Sleat Townships

Different spellings for place names are given; those in italic are the Gaelic version. The meaning of the place names is also given –whether Gaelic or Norse. For more information on local place names see our Place names page.


Tormore

Tormore An Tòrr Mòr (the big hill)

Visited by Johnson and Boswell.

The farm was tenanted by a family of Macdonalds until the 1890s when it was let to shooting tenants. Eventually one of these,...

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Sasaig

Sasaig (South Bay)

10 crofts

There used to be several small shops in the parish. In the 1880s there was one such shop in Sasaig, run by Peter MacDonald, a merchant and fish curer. Later in the...

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Knock

Knock An Cnoc (the hill) Cnoc Uaine (green hill)

The site of Caistel Camus, one of the medieval castles in Sleat.

The house is marked on a map dated 1763. The sister of the 6th Lord Macdonald...

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Tarskavaig

Tarskavaig Tarscabhaig(Cod Bay) When crofting was introduced on Lord Macdonald’s estates in 1811, 31 small crofts were created in Tarskavaig. They were small because the tenants were expected...

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Armadale

Armadale Armadal (the Bay of the Dale)

The Macdonalds of Sleat had a house here, possibly a fortified tower house, from at least the 1600s. In 1814 work started on the building which became...

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