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TITLE
Shieldaig
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0908
PLACENAME
Shieldaig
DISTRICT
Lochcarron
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Applecross
PERIOD
1900s; 1910s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32830
KEYWORDS
postcards
lochs
Shieldaig
fishing industry
Scots pine
Royal Navy
Admiralty
Napoleonic Wars
National Trust for Scotland
Shieldaig

This postcard shows the village of Shieldaig by the shores of Loch Shieldaig in Wester Ross.

The village of Shieldaig was laid out in the early 1800s to encourage families to make a living from fishing. Another principle reason for the development of the village was to raise and train seamen to be used by the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars.

The Admiralty offered grants to the people of Shieldaig for building housing and boats and £2700 was spent on building Shieldaig's three main streets. The trained seamen of Shieldaig were never required to fight due to the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo but the village continued to prosper with the boom of the herring fishing industry.

Today, Shieldaig's fishing industry consists of prawns and mussels with the herring long gone from the area, but the village still retains its original name, translating as 'Herring Bay'

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Shieldaig

ROSS: Applecross

1900s; 1910s

postcards; lochs; Shieldaig; fishing industry; Scots pine; Royal Navy; Admiralty; Napoleonic Wars; National Trust for Scotland

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows the village of Shieldaig by the shores of Loch Shieldaig in Wester Ross.<br /> <br /> The village of Shieldaig was laid out in the early 1800s to encourage families to make a living from fishing. Another principle reason for the development of the village was to raise and train seamen to be used by the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. <br /> <br /> The Admiralty offered grants to the people of Shieldaig for building housing and boats and £2700 was spent on building Shieldaig's three main streets. The trained seamen of Shieldaig were never required to fight due to the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo but the village continued to prosper with the boom of the herring fishing industry.<br /> <br /> Today, Shieldaig's fishing industry consists of prawns and mussels with the herring long gone from the area, but the village still retains its original name, translating as 'Herring Bay'