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TITLE
Loch Broom, looking towards Ullapool and the Summer Isles
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_1465
PLACENAME
Leckmelm
DISTRICT
Lochbroom
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochbroom
PERIOD
1940s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
33387
KEYWORDS
postcards
Ross-shire
Ross and Cromarty
Wester Ross
estates
lochs
islands
fishing industry
harbours
ferries
valley
Ice Age
Loch Broom, looking towards Ullapool and the Summer Isles

This postcard shows Loch Broom at Leckmelm, an estate about three miles south of Ullapool, looking towards Ullapool and the Summer Isles. The area is mentioned as early as 1586 when the Battle of Leckmelm took place between the Clan Gunn against the Clan Sutherland, Clan Mackay and Clan MacLeod. An account of the battle is given in Robert Mackay's 'History of the House and Clan of Mackay' (1829).

Leckmelm Estate was purchased in 1879 by Mr A C Pirie, a paper manufacturer from Aberdeen. His first action upon aquiring the estate was to issue a notice to all of his tenants (23 familes numbering over 100 people) that he intended to take possession of all the arable and pasture land on the estate, thus depriving the tenants of a way to make their living. As a result, some families were forced to move to the other side of the Loch Broom where the land was difficult to manage, while others emigrated abroad. An account of this event can be found in 'The History of the Highland Clearances' (1883) by Alexander Mackenzie.

The house on the right, hidden by the trees, is 'Tir Aluinn' (beautiful land). It used to consist of 6 workers' cottages built by Mr Pirie. The locals referred to it as 'the barracks'. Later, the roof was extended over the cottages to create one large house which became a hotel in 1958. Today, 'Tir Aluinn' is a private home.

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Loch Broom, looking towards Ullapool and the Summer Isles

ROSS: Lochbroom

1940s

postcards; Ross-shire; Ross and Cromarty; Wester Ross; estates; lochs; islands; fishing industry; harbours; ferries; valley; Ice Age

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows Loch Broom at Leckmelm, an estate about three miles south of Ullapool, looking towards Ullapool and the Summer Isles. The area is mentioned as early as 1586 when the Battle of Leckmelm took place between the Clan Gunn against the Clan Sutherland, Clan Mackay and Clan MacLeod. An account of the battle is given in Robert Mackay's 'History of the House and Clan of Mackay' (1829).<br /> <br /> Leckmelm Estate was purchased in 1879 by Mr A C Pirie, a paper manufacturer from Aberdeen. His first action upon aquiring the estate was to issue a notice to all of his tenants (23 familes numbering over 100 people) that he intended to take possession of all the arable and pasture land on the estate, thus depriving the tenants of a way to make their living. As a result, some families were forced to move to the other side of the Loch Broom where the land was difficult to manage, while others emigrated abroad. An account of this event can be found in 'The History of the Highland Clearances' (1883) by Alexander Mackenzie.<br /> <br /> The house on the right, hidden by the trees, is 'Tir Aluinn' (beautiful land). It used to consist of 6 workers' cottages built by Mr Pirie. The locals referred to it as 'the barracks'. Later, the roof was extended over the cottages to create one large house which became a hotel in 1958. Today, 'Tir Aluinn' is a private home.