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TITLE
Castlebay, Barra
EXTERNAL ID
PC_PRISCUS_WCS6406
PLACENAME
Castlebay
DISTRICT
Barra
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Barra
PERIOD
1890s
CREATOR
George Washington Wilson
SOURCE
Mark Butterworth - Priscus
ASSET ID
29638
KEYWORDS
Castlebay
islands
Barra
South Uist
harbours
steamers
herring
fish
fishermen
fleet
Castlebay, Barra

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.

The island of Barra is separated from South Uist by the Sound of Barra, full of rocks and shoals. At the southern end of the Island is the land-locked harbour of Castle Bay at which steamers regularly call. When herring shoals are off the coast, the whole place resounds with stir, the air is laden with the odour of decaying fish, and the village of Castle Bay is thronged with the fishermen of the fleet.

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Castlebay, Barra

INVERNESS: Barra

1890s

Castlebay; islands; Barra; South Uist; harbours; steamers; herring; fish; fishermen; fleet

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 /> The island of Barra is separated from South Uist by the Sound of Barra, full of rocks and shoals. At the southern end of the Island is the land-locked harbour of Castle Bay at which steamers regularly call. When herring shoals are off the coast, the whole place resounds with stir, the air is laden with the odour of decaying fish, and the village of Castle Bay is thronged with the fishermen of the fleet.