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TITLE
Somerled Square, Portree
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_CARD_207
PLACENAME
Portree
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Portree
PERIOD
1940s; 1950s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
12994
KEYWORDS
village
bank
war memorial
courthouse
Somerled Square, Portree

Somerled Square, the main civic space in the centre of Portree on the Isle of Skye, takes its name from the 12th century warrior chief of the MacDonalds. The layout of the square has been altered several times since this photograph was taken, including a realignment of the road which here is bisected by the War Memorial.

The Memorial is a smaller version of the mercat cross in Edinburgh with a seated lion on top. It was unveiled in February 1922 by Colonel K. I. Macdonald of Tote. It was constructed by Thomas MacFarlane, a local builder whose only son John had been killed in World War I. Those from Portree who fell in both World Wars are commemorated, as well as those from the surrounding areas of Braes, Sconser and South Snizort.



The Courthouse, the solid building on the extreme left of the photograph dates from 1865. It is one of several buildings, including the Clydesdale Bank in the centre-left and the Bank of Scotland (Banca na h-Alba) on the extreme right built in 1873, which were designed by the architectural firm, Matthews and Lawrie.


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Somerled Square, Portree

INVERNESS: Portree

1940s; 1950s

village; bank; war memorial; courthouse

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

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Somerled Square, the main civic space in the centre of Portree on the Isle of Skye, takes its name from the 12th century warrior chief of the MacDonalds. The layout of the square has been altered several times since this photograph was taken, including a realignment of the road which here is bisected by the War Memorial. <br /> <br /> The Memorial is a smaller version of the mercat cross in Edinburgh with a seated lion on top. It was unveiled in February 1922 by Colonel K. I. Macdonald of Tote. It was constructed by Thomas MacFarlane, a local builder whose only son John had been killed in World War I. Those from Portree who fell in both World Wars are commemorated, as well as those from the surrounding areas of Braes, Sconser and South Snizort.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> The Courthouse, the solid building on the extreme left of the photograph dates from 1865. It is one of several buildings, including the Clydesdale Bank in the centre-left and the Bank of Scotland (Banca na h-Alba) on the extreme right built in 1873, which were designed by the architectural firm, Matthews and Lawrie. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />