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.


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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Teangue

Teangue An Teangaidh (the tongue or narrow strip of land)

Originally 10 crofts. Croft No 5 was let to the miller at Knock until c 1835. It was then taken over by the tenant of Knock Farm, John...

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Tokavaig

Tokavaig Tocabhaig (the swelling or boisterous bay, or the bay of the whale)

7 crofts

Dun Scaith, one of the castles in Sleat, is here. According to legend this is where Cuchullin, the Irish hero,...

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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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Drumfearn

Drumfearn Druim Fhearna (alder ridge)

10 crofts

Several of the families who had been cleared from Borreraig and Suishnish in Strath in 1852 were resettled here. They were only the latest of...

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