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TITLE
Roll of Tweed, Portnalong, Isle of Skye
EXTERNAL ID
SLD_182_056
PLACENAME
Portnalong
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Duirinish
PERIOD
1970s; 1980s
CREATOR
Olivia James
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
39501
KEYWORDS
Harris tweed
Portnalong tweed
weaving
cloth
occupations
Roll of Tweed, Portnalong, Isle of Skye

The photographer's husband Richard James admires the quality of a length of tweed which has been hand- woven by Ewen MacLeod of Portnalong on the Isle of Skye. Mr MacLeod was a skilled weaver and won several awards for his work at exhibitions in Glasgow.

Tweed has been associated with Portnalong since just after World War l when the Department of Agriculture acquired the land. In 1923 a number of families moved there from the overcrowded islands of Lewis, Harris and Scalpay to the more fertile land on the western shore of Loch Harport on Skye. Each family was given 15 - 20 acres of land, 3 cows and a share in a common sheep pasture of 4,000 acres. They were also given a corrugated iron house and shed to accommodate a loom. The people were mainly weavers and by combining crofting, fishing and weaving they were able to improve their standard of living.


Olivia James
The images in this collection are a selection from a set of high quality Agfachrome slides taken by Olivia James. Mrs James, a semi-professional photographer, took the photographs on visits to Skye between 1968 and 1989, using a Pentax S1A camera and CT 18 film. They record a variety of locations, people and activities which have now changed or indeed disappeared, and provide one person's view of the island through the camera lens. Born in Elderslie, Renfrewshire on 26th April 1932, Olive Grace James (née Purcell) moved to England in 1944, trained as a teacher and married Richard James in 1956. Her husband's forbears were from Skye and they began visiting on a regular basis in 1968. In addition to the slides, Mrs James has written an evocative account of her memories of places, events and people on Skye which she named 'Skye Magic', a copy of which is held at the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre.
'Skye Magic' has been incorporated into her privately printed autobiography 'Neivie, Neivie, Nick, Nack' which she has kindly donated to various institutions including the Clan Donald Library on Skye, the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and the Weaver's Cottage, Kilbarchan.


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Roll of Tweed, Portnalong, Isle of Skye

INVERNESS: Duirinish

1970s; 1980s

Harris tweed; Portnalong tweed; weaving; cloth; occupations

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Olivia James Collection

The photographer's husband Richard James admires the quality of a length of tweed which has been hand- woven by Ewen MacLeod of Portnalong on the Isle of Skye. Mr MacLeod was a skilled weaver and won several awards for his work at exhibitions in Glasgow.<br /> <br /> Tweed has been associated with Portnalong since just after World War l when the Department of Agriculture acquired the land. In 1923 a number of families moved there from the overcrowded islands of Lewis, Harris and Scalpay to the more fertile land on the western shore of Loch Harport on Skye. Each family was given 15 - 20 acres of land, 3 cows and a share in a common sheep pasture of 4,000 acres. They were also given a corrugated iron house and shed to accommodate a loom. The people were mainly weavers and by combining crofting, fishing and weaving they were able to improve their standard of living.<br /> <br /> <br /> <b>Olivia James</b><br /> The images in this collection are a selection from a set of high quality Agfachrome slides taken by Olivia James. Mrs James, a semi-professional photographer, took the photographs on visits to Skye between 1968 and 1989, using a Pentax S1A camera and CT 18 film. They record a variety of locations, people and activities which have now changed or indeed disappeared, and provide one person's view of the island through the camera lens. Born in Elderslie, Renfrewshire on 26th April 1932, Olive Grace James (née Purcell) moved to England in 1944, trained as a teacher and married Richard James in 1956. Her husband's forbears were from Skye and they began visiting on a regular basis in 1968. In addition to the slides, Mrs James has written an evocative account of her memories of places, events and people on Skye which she named 'Skye Magic', a copy of which is held at the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre.<br /> 'Skye Magic' has been incorporated into her privately printed autobiography 'Neivie, Neivie, Nick, Nack' which she has kindly donated to various institutions including the Clan Donald Library on Skye, the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and the Weaver's Cottage, Kilbarchan. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com ">Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />