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...

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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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Alltatuath

Alltatuath (North Burn)

This farm was cleared of its tenants in the early 1800s. Part of the farm was absorbed into Armadale, including 40 acres of woodland. The southern part was absorbed into...

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Ardvasar

Ardvasar Aird a bhasair

A township of three crofts – one for the ferryman, one for the blacksmith and one for the innkeeper.

The inn was built in the early 19th century to replace the old change...

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