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TITLE
Helmsdale Harbour and castle
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0244
PLACENAME
Helmsdale
DISTRICT
Kildonan, Loth and Clyne
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Kildonan
PERIOD
1890s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32144
KEYWORDS
harbours
castles
postcards
fishing boats
ports
fishing industry
Earls of Sutherland
poisoning
murder
Helmsdale Harbour and castle

This postcard shows a view of Helmsdale new harbour and Gartymore. In the background is Helmsdale Castle.

Helmsdale harbour was originally constructed in 1818. It was extended in 1823 and again in 1892. By the turn of the 19th century, over 200 herring boats operated from the harbour. Today, it is still a working harbour with fishing vessels based at the port.

Helmsdale castle was constructed in 1488. It is most famous for being the site where the 11th Earl of Sutherland was poisoned. In 1567, his aunt, Isobel Sinclair, arranged to have her nephew poisoned to allow her own son to become Earl. The plan went wrong when both nephew and son drank the poison and died as a result. Isobel Sinclair later committed suicide

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Helmsdale Harbour and castle

SUTHERLAND: Kildonan

1890s

harbours; castles; postcards; fishing boats; ports; fishing industry; Earls of Sutherland; poisoning; murder

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows a view of Helmsdale new harbour and Gartymore. In the background is Helmsdale Castle.<br /> <br /> Helmsdale harbour was originally constructed in 1818. It was extended in 1823 and again in 1892. By the turn of the 19th century, over 200 herring boats operated from the harbour. Today, it is still a working harbour with fishing vessels based at the port.<br /> <br /> Helmsdale castle was constructed in 1488. It is most famous for being the site where the 11th Earl of Sutherland was poisoned. In 1567, his aunt, Isobel Sinclair, arranged to have her nephew poisoned to allow her own son to become Earl. The plan went wrong when both nephew and son drank the poison and died as a result. Isobel Sinclair later committed suicide