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TITLE
General View of North Uist
EXTERNAL ID
PC_PRISCUS_WCS6395
PLACENAME
North Uist
DISTRICT
North Uist
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: North Uist
PERIOD
1890s
CREATOR
George Washington Wilson
SOURCE
Mark Butterworth - Priscus
ASSET ID
29629
KEYWORDS
Uist
Sounds
Harris
Ben Lee
Long Island
fiords
kelp
wraick
General View of North Uist

This photograph was taken by Scottish photographer George Washington Wilson (1823-93) and was used to illustrate talks he gave on Highland history. The following description is taken from Washington Wilson's own lecture notes.

Across the Sound of Harris lies North Uist, a general view of which as seen from Ben Lee, contrasts very strikingly with the Long Island, for in North Uist the low, dark, half submerged land is intersected with the narrow arms of the sea in every direction; indeed, so intricate are these channels, that a stranger with a small boat would lose himself in the tortuous and canal-like labyrinths they form. On the shores of these narrow, river-like fiords, through which the tide ebbs and flows, dusky people gather wraick to burn for kelp.

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General View of North Uist

INVERNESS: North Uist

1890s

Uist; Sounds; Harris; Ben Lee; Long Island; fiords; kelp; wraick

Mark Butterworth - Priscus

Imaging the Past

This photograph was taken by Scottish photographer George Washington Wilson (1823-93) and was used to illustrate talks he gave on Highland history. The following description is taken from Washington Wilson's own lecture notes.<br /> <br /> Across the Sound of Harris lies North Uist, a general view of which as seen from Ben Lee, contrasts very strikingly with the Long Island, for in North Uist the low, dark, half submerged land is intersected with the narrow arms of the sea in every direction; indeed, so intricate are these channels, that a stranger with a small boat would lose himself in the tortuous and canal-like labyrinths they form. On the shores of these narrow, river-like fiords, through which the tide ebbs and flows, dusky people gather wraick to burn for kelp.