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TITLE
Shieldaig village and loch
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0909
PLACENAME
Shieldaig
DISTRICT
Lochcarron
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Applecross
PERIOD
1950s; 1960s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32831
KEYWORDS
postcards
lochs
mountains
villages
place names
Shieldaig village and loch

This postcard shows the village of Shieldaig and 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 principal reason for the development of the village was to raise and train seamen to serve in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. The Admiralty offered grants to the people of Shieldaig to build 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 revolves around prawns and mussels, with the herring long gone from the area, but the village still retains its original name, meaning 'Herring Bay'

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Shieldaig village and loch

ROSS: Applecross

1950s; 1960s

postcards; lochs; mountains; villages; place names

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows the village of Shieldaig and 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 principal reason for the development of the village was to raise and train seamen to serve in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. The Admiralty offered grants to the people of Shieldaig to build 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 revolves around prawns and mussels, with the herring long gone from the area, but the village still retains its original name, meaning 'Herring Bay'