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.


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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Eilean Iarmain

Eilean Iarmain

Originally an island at high tide, the channel between Eilean Iarmain and Sleat was drained in the early 19th century. In the rentals and on estate maps this area was often called...

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Gillen

Gillen Gillean (the gylls or hollows)

The house was built in the early 1800s by Dr Alasdair MacDonald (An Dotair Ruadh). The kitchen of the farmhouse was a famous venue for kitchen ceilidhs and...

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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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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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