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TITLE
Tarbert, Harris
EXTERNAL ID
PC_PRISCUS_SCO6055
PLACENAME
Tarbert
DISTRICT
Harris
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Harris
PERIOD
1890s
CREATOR
George Washington Wilson
SOURCE
Mark Butterworth - Priscus
ASSET ID
29589
KEYWORDS
George Washington Wilson
Norse
longboats
villages
settlements
lochs
harbours
ferries
tweed
Tarbert, Harris

This photograph shows Tarbet, Harris. It was taken by George Washington Wilson (1823 - 1893) an Aberdeen-based photographer who travelled extensively in Scotland, and abroad, taking landscape photographs with the aid of a portable darkroom. He photographed Queen Victoria and was commissioned by her to record the construction of Balmoral.

Tarbet or Tarbert is the main village on Harris. The name comes from the Norse meaning "draw boat" and refers to the narrow isthmus which separates East and West Loch Tarbert, almost dividing North and South Harris in to two islands, over which a longboat could be dragged. Most of the village, originally founded as a fishing settlement, sits on the East Loch where there is a harbour, the terminus for the Uig to Skye ferry and a retail outlet for the Harris Tweed industry.

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Tarbert, Harris

INVERNESS: Harris

1890s

George Washington Wilson; Norse; longboats; villages; settlements; lochs; harbours; ferries; tweed

Mark Butterworth - Priscus

Imaging the Past

This photograph shows Tarbet, Harris. It was taken by George Washington Wilson (1823 - 1893) an Aberdeen-based photographer who travelled extensively in Scotland, and abroad, taking landscape photographs with the aid of a portable darkroom. He photographed Queen Victoria and was commissioned by her to record the construction of Balmoral.<br /> <br /> Tarbet or Tarbert is the main village on Harris. The name comes from the Norse meaning "draw boat" and refers to the narrow isthmus which separates East and West Loch Tarbert, almost dividing North and South Harris in to two islands, over which a longboat could be dragged. Most of the village, originally founded as a fishing settlement, sits on the East Loch where there is a harbour, the terminus for the Uig to Skye ferry and a retail outlet for the Harris Tweed industry.