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TITLE
Slightly scattered houses, Eriskay
EXTERNAL ID
QZP99_93134_03_02
PLACENAME
Eriskay
DISTRICT
South Uist
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: South Uist
CREATOR
I F Grant
SOURCE
Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Edinburgh Central Library
ASSET ID
38429
KEYWORDS
houses
buildings
islands
Slightly scattered houses, Eriskay

A series of thatched houses on Eriskay, a small island between Barra and South Uist. The photograph is from the collection of the folklorist I. F. Grant, who captions it 'slightly scattered houses'.

In 1838, MacNeil of Barra sold the island to Colonel Gordon of Cluny. Colonel Gordon cleared the people from the land but when he discovered that it was too poor to support sheep, he allowed some of the people he had cleared to re-settle there. The population quickly rose from around 80 to over 400.

Eriskay is famous for two events in history. In 1745 Prince Charles Edward Stuart landed there at the beginning of his campaign to regain the throne for his father. The second event took place in 1941 when the cargo ship 'SS Politician' ran aground. When the crew was safe the islanders 'rescued' about 24,000 of the 264,000 bottles of whisky which the ship had been carrying. The incident inspired Compton MacKenzie's novel 'Whisky Galore'


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Slightly scattered houses, Eriskay

INVERNESS: South Uist

houses; buildings; islands

Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Edinburgh Central Library

I F Grant Photographic Archive

A series of thatched houses on Eriskay, a small island between Barra and South Uist. The photograph is from the collection of the folklorist I. F. Grant, who captions it 'slightly scattered houses'.<br /> <br /> In 1838, MacNeil of Barra sold the island to Colonel Gordon of Cluny. Colonel Gordon cleared the people from the land but when he discovered that it was too poor to support sheep, he allowed some of the people he had cleared to re-settle there. The population quickly rose from around 80 to over 400.<br /> <br /> Eriskay is famous for two events in history. In 1745 Prince Charles Edward Stuart landed there at the beginning of his campaign to regain the throne for his father. The second event took place in 1941 when the cargo ship 'SS Politician' ran aground. When the crew was safe the islanders 'rescued' about 24,000 of the 264,000 bottles of whisky which the ship had been carrying. The incident inspired Compton MacKenzie's novel 'Whisky Galore' <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: central.edsc.library@edinburgh.gov.uk">Edinburgh Central Library</a><br />