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.


Camuscross

Camuscross Camus na Croise or Camus Cros (The bay of the cross)

40 crofts

This farm was let out to a tacksman until the end of the 18th century. The original house is very probably the old house...

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Capisdale

Capisdale Capisdal

This farm was combined with the farm of Tormore in c 1803. Many of the tenants had emigrated to North Carolina. Others, such as the MacSweens, were given crofts elsewhere. A...

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Duisdale

Duisdale Duisdail (The misty or gloomy dale or glen)

In the 18th century rentals several townships (eg Ostaig, Calligarry, Tarskavaig) were divided into two - Mòr and Beag (large and small)....

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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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Isle Ornsay

Isle Ornsay (Ebb-tide island)

There are the remains of a small graveyard at the southen end of the island.

Isle Ornsay Lighthouse is actually on a small neighbouring island called Eilean Sionnach....

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