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Archives held in the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Stuthan air an tasgadh ann an Tasglann an Eilein Sgitheanaich & Loch Aillse

The archives in the care of Skye & Lochalsh Archive Centre are outlined below. You can also explore our online catalogue for more detailed searches.

Inverness County Council Records for Skye, 1803-1975 (click here for catalogue list)

Highway Authorities: 5th (Skye) and 14th (Dunvegan) Road Districts, 1803-1884.

Valuation Rolls: County of Inverness, 1881-1975.

Education records: Inverness Education Authority Minutes, 1919-1927; Skye School Management Committee Minutes, 1930-1947; Skye School Log Books and Admission Registers, 1865-2006.

District Committee Records: Skye District Committee (including Public Health) Minutes, 1879-1930.

Poor relief records: Duirinish Parish Council/Parochial Board, 1871-1930; Portree Parish Council, 1900-1929.

Ross and Cromarty County Council Records for South West Ross, 1864-1975 (click here for catalogue list)

Valuation Rolls: County of Ross and Cromarty, 1874-1975.

Education records: Ross and Cromarty Education Authority Minutes, 1919-1930; Lochalsh School Management Board Minutes, 1927-1947; South Western Education District Minutes, 1948-1973; School Log Books and Admission Registers for the parishes of Lochalsh, Kintail and Glenshiel, 1864-1990.

District Committee Records: South Western District Committee Minutes, 1890-1930.

Pre-1975 District Council Records

Skye District Council, 1930-1975 (click here for catalogue list)

South Western District Council, 1930-1975 (click here for catalogue list)

Police archives
Skye Division registers and station log books, 1877-1994 (click here for catalogue list)

Abridgements of sasines
County of Inverness, 1821-1954 (incomplete)
County of Ross and Cromarty, 1846-1960 (incomplete)

Estate and Business records

Kyle Pharmacy, 1909-1960
West Highland Salmon Fisheries Company, 1944-1962
Skye and British Diatomite Companies, 1885-1906
Macdonald and Fraser, solicitors, Portree, 1835-1956 (click here for catalogue list)
Donald MacKenzie, solicitor, Portree, 1793-1934
Raasay Estate, 1607-1980 (click here for catalogue list)
Archaeological and Ancient Landscape Survey (AALS, Martin Wildgoose), 1977-2011

Personal and Family Papers

Macdonalds of Viewfield, 1736-2003 (click here for catalogue list)
Donald Gillies, Skeabost, 1881-1965
Catriona and Mairead Macdonald, Stenscholl/Karachi/Sark, 1892-2008 (click here for catalogue list)

Clubs and societies

Portree Golf Club, 1905-1938
Glenbrittle Memorial Hut Committee, 1948-2007
Skye Gathering and Games, 1877-1997

Maps and plans

1901-2, 2nd edition Ordnance Survey: 6”:1 mile and 25”:1 mile sheets for Skye and Lochalsh
1960s/70s Ordnance Survey: 1:10,560 and 1:2500 sheets for Skye and Lochalsh
Early coastal charts of Skye by Murdoch MacKenzie, 1775-76
Admiralty Charts of Skye and surrounding waters, 1904-1953
Highland Railway Company extension to Kyle of Lochalsh, 1893
Limited collection of estate and building plans

Local newspapers

Clarion of Skye, 1951-1957
West Highland Free Press, 1972-present.


Collection of Duncan Macpherson (1882-1966), chemist at Kyle of Lochalsh
Large number of smaller collections, including school photographs
Published postcards of Skye and Lochalsh

Prints and drawings

18th-19th century engravings of Skye and Lochalsh
‘Castles of Skye and Lochalsh’ – watercolour series by David L Roberts, 1995

Resources on microfilm

Census returns for Skye and South West Ross parishes, 1841-1901
Old parish registers for Skye, Harris, Barra and the Uists, 1800-1854
Old parish registers for South West Ross, 1775-1854
Copies of Ordnance Survey original object name books, 1870s

Local history library

Travel accounts, 18th-20th centuries
Gaelic poetry and prose
Archaeological reports
Scottish and local history

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