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TITLE
Letter concerning the railway construction of Skye Marble Ltd, page 2
EXTERNAL ID
Z_CDT_19_MEP4445_12_2
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Strath
DATE OF IMAGE
23 July 1910
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Clan Donald Library and Museum of the Isles
ASSET ID
2591
KEYWORDS
Skye marble
quarries
trains
railways
construction
industry
marble
crofts
Letter concerning the railway construction of Skye Marble Ltd, page 2

The letter-writer is a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers and a Director of Skye Marble Ltd. Skye Marble Ltd began quarrying marble in Strath, using Belgian workers, in 1904. They later built a railway that linked the quarries at Kilbride with the pier at Broadford.

At the time of writing, £250 a month in wages were being paid out. Other contractors paid more. Local labourers were being paid 16s - 19s per week and were to be trained under the guidance of Belgian experts in marble quarrying.

Negotiations to buy the croft of Miss Kate Mackinnon had failed and the Directors of the company found it necessary to investigate building the railway around the croft rather than going through it. It was thought that they could pass the croft on the seaward side but it was found that the high water level made that impossible.

This manuscript is from the collection of the Clan Donald Library and Museum of the Isles, Isle of Skye

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Letter concerning the railway construction of Skye Marble Ltd, page 2

INVERNESS: Strath

1910s

Skye marble; quarries; trains; railways; construction; industry; marble; crofts

Clan Donald Library and Museum of the Isles

Clan Donald Library papers - various

The letter-writer is a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers and a Director of Skye Marble Ltd. Skye Marble Ltd began quarrying marble in Strath, using Belgian workers, in 1904. They later built a railway that linked the quarries at Kilbride with the pier at Broadford.<br /> <br /> At the time of writing, £250 a month in wages were being paid out. Other contractors paid more. Local labourers were being paid 16s - 19s per week and were to be trained under the guidance of Belgian experts in marble quarrying. <br /> <br /> Negotiations to buy the croft of Miss Kate Mackinnon had failed and the Directors of the company found it necessary to investigate building the railway around the croft rather than going through it. It was thought that they could pass the croft on the seaward side but it was found that the high water level made that impossible. <br /> <br /> This manuscript is from the collection of the Clan Donald Library and Museum of the Isles, Isle of Skye