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TITLE
Packing the famous St. Kilda tweed
EXTERNAL ID
QZP99_94032_04_12
PLACENAME
St Kilda
DISTRICT
Harris
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Harris
SOURCE
Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Edinburgh Central Library
ASSET ID
38576
KEYWORDS
tweed
textiles
manufacturing
St Kilda
islands
Packing the famous St. Kilda tweed

Like others across the Western Isles the people of St Kilda wove tweed cloth. The cloth was warm and virtually waterproof which made it highly suitable for the climate of the islands of St Kilda. St Kildans also used the tweed as payment towards their rent and for trading with the tourists who visited the islands in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The man on the far left of the photograph is Finlay MacQueen. Mr MacQueen was highly regarded for his skill in climbing steep cliffs to catch seabirds for food. These included fulmars, puffins, gannets and guillemots


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Packing the famous St. Kilda tweed

INVERNESS: Harris

tweed; textiles; manufacturing; St Kilda; islands

Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Edinburgh Central Library

I F Grant Photographic Archive

Like others across the Western Isles the people of St Kilda wove tweed cloth. The cloth was warm and virtually waterproof which made it highly suitable for the climate of the islands of St Kilda. St Kildans also used the tweed as payment towards their rent and for trading with the tourists who visited the islands in the 19th and 20th centuries. <br /> <br /> The man on the far left of the photograph is Finlay MacQueen. Mr MacQueen was highly regarded for his skill in climbing steep cliffs to catch seabirds for food. These included fulmars, puffins, gannets and guillemots <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 />