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TITLE
Helmsdale
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0243
PLACENAME
Helmsdale
DISTRICT
Kildonan, Loth and Clyne
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Kildonan
PERIOD
1890s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32143
KEYWORDS
herring fishing
postcards
villages
fishing industry
hotels
Helmsdale

This postcard shows the village of Helmsdale in Sutherland. In the foreground is the Commercial Hotel.

Helmsdale's history dates back to the days of the Vikings, who settled at the mouth of the River Helmsdale. The present-day village of Helmsdale developed as a planned village in 1814, laid out by the Sutherland Estates. As a result of the Highland Clearances, many crofters were evicted from their lands and were resettled at Helmsdale, as an alternative to emigrating to North America. The idea of this new development was to build a new community, able to support themselves through farming and fishing, in particular benefiting from the herring boom which had just begun

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Helmsdale

SUTHERLAND: Kildonan

1890s

herring fishing; postcards; villages; fishing industry; hotels

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows the village of Helmsdale in Sutherland. In the foreground is the Commercial Hotel.<br /> <br /> Helmsdale's history dates back to the days of the Vikings, who settled at the mouth of the River Helmsdale. The present-day village of Helmsdale developed as a planned village in 1814, laid out by the Sutherland Estates. As a result of the Highland Clearances, many crofters were evicted from their lands and were resettled at Helmsdale, as an alternative to emigrating to North America. The idea of this new development was to build a new community, able to support themselves through farming and fishing, in particular benefiting from the herring boom which had just begun