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TITLE
Making the Tweed at Portnalong
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0059
PLACENAME
Portnalong
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Bracadale
PERIOD
1920s; 1930s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31945
KEYWORDS
postcards
crofting
textiles
First World War
Second World War
Making the Tweed at Portnalong

This postcard shows Mary Ferguson weaving tweed in her croft at Portnalong in Skye in the mid-1920s.

The picturesque settlement of Portnalong, meaning port of boats, is situated on the western shore of Loch Harport on the west coast of Skye. After the World War I the Department of Agriculture moved a number of families from the overcrowded islands of Lewis, Harris and Scalpay to the more fertile land on the shore of Loch Harport. Each family was given 15 - 20 acres of land, 3 cows and a share in a common sheep pasture of 4,000 acres. By combining crofting, fishing and weaving the people were able to have a much better standard of living than had been possible in their homeland

Every year until 1939 a Feill or Gathering was held in Portnalong where the weaving was sold. After the World War II the industry was revived and products sold in particular to the United States and Japan. Unfortunately this became uneconomic and business ceased in 1968.

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Making the Tweed at Portnalong

INVERNESS: Bracadale

1920s; 1930s

postcards; crofting; textiles; First World War; Second World War

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows Mary Ferguson weaving tweed in her croft at Portnalong in Skye in the mid-1920s.<br /> <br /> The picturesque settlement of Portnalong, meaning port of boats, is situated on the western shore of Loch Harport on the west coast of Skye. After the World War I the Department of Agriculture moved a number of families from the overcrowded islands of Lewis, Harris and Scalpay to the more fertile land on the shore of Loch Harport. Each family was given 15 - 20 acres of land, 3 cows and a share in a common sheep pasture of 4,000 acres. By combining crofting, fishing and weaving the people were able to have a much better standard of living than had been possible in their homeland<br /> <br /> Every year until 1939 a Feill or Gathering was held in Portnalong where the weaving was sold. After the World War II the industry was revived and products sold in particular to the United States and Japan. Unfortunately this became uneconomic and business ceased in 1968.