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.


Ostaig

Ostaig (East Bay - a Norse place name)

In the 18th century Ostaig was divided into two parts - Ostaig Mòr and Ostaig beag. In 1733 Ostaig Mòr was in the hands of the dowager Lady Macdonald, widow...

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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 to...

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Point of Sleat

Point of Sleat Rudha Shlèite sometimes called Dearaneach or An Doireannach

Five crofts were created here in 1850. These were by no means the first inhabitants of Point. Traces of Mesolithic...

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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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Achnacloich

Achnacloich Achadh na Cloiche (the field of the stone)

14 crofts

In the mid 18th century the area we now call Achnacloich was joined with the farm now known as Gillen. Together, they were known...

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