Comann Eachdraidh Ionadail Phortrigh


Portree Local History Society

Chair: I. G. MacDonald

Secretary: Marilyn Clarke
Treasurer: Rita Campbell

Programme of Meetings: 2008 - 2009

  • October 14, 2008
    High Pasture Cave and developments at Fiskavaig
    Stephen Birch
  • November 11, 2008
    MacLean family of Raasay.
    Iona MacDonald
  • December 9, 2008
    NB VENUE: Dunvegan Castle
    - The Castle, The Clan, The Homecoming
  • January 13, 2009
    All Creatures Great and Small- 50 Years as a Vet on Skye.
    D.J. Maclennan
  • February 10, 2009
    UHI History Department.
    Dr Jim Hunter
  • March 10, 2009
    St Maolrubha & St Columba.
    Norman Newton
  • April 14, 2009
    Col. Jock Collection and Museum of Isles Collection.
    Maggie MacDonald
  • Programme of Meetings: 2007 - 2008

    October 9 - Ian Suddaby - The Excavation at Home Farm
    November 13 - Dr Jeff Stone - St Kilda: Two Decades of Digging and Scraping
    (in association with Aberdeen University Centre for Lifelong Learning )
    December 11 - Dr Martin MacGregor - The Lordship of the Isles
    January 8 - Seonachan MacLeod - Deserted Villages of Skye
    February 12 - Professor Brian Sykes - Vikings in the Blood?
    March 11 - Murray MacDonald - Mobile Banking by Land and Sea in the Highlands and Islands
    April 8 - AGM, with guest speaker - Ronnie Armstrong - Para Handy and the Clyde Puffers

Scotland's Rural Heritage

Kensaleyre Church

Have you heard about the Scotland's Rural Past (SRP) project which was started at the end of 2006?

The idea is to locate and survey some of the many undocumented / unsurveyed abandoned settlements and dwellings throughout Scotland.

For now, the organisers would like to hear from people and groups who are interested in this idea even if, at the moment, they do not have any firm projects in mind. This seems to be to a worthwhile project as there are many such settlements on Skye.
To date the organisers have not heard from many Skye folk and they are keen to make contacts.
We would not like to think that Skye missed out on this opportunity, because people here were not aware of the project.

Dr Tertia Barnett, Project Manager, has indicated that they are keen to set up some projects on Skye.
The timescale she has in mind is -

  • Autumn / winter 2007 - start developing stronger links with the island
  • Spring / summer 2008 - setting up training and projects

The website is under construction, but gives some more information about this.

If you know of other individuals or groups who might be interested, please let them know.

Norma MacLeod


Previous Meetings: 2006 - 2007

October 10 - Bill Cowie - Kirk Cave, Rona
November 14 - Alister Ross – Education – PHS100
December 12 - Norman Newton - Skye and Raasay
(in association with Aberdeen University Centre for Lifelong Learning )
January 9 - Pat Myhill - Telford’s Stein
February 13 - Fiona MacKenzie – Miri Mhr nan Orain -
A song-lecture
March 13 - Ian McCrorie - The MacBrayne Story
April 10 - AGM, with guest speaker - Roger Hutchinson - “Calum’s Road”

All meetings are held at Tigh na Sgire, Portree,
at 7. 30 p.m.,
on the second Tuesday of each month.

Contact us:


We hope many will take the opportunity to discuss these points(and others) through these pages.


Published by Stephen Clarke, on behalf of Portree Local History Society - January 2007.
Photographs, unless otherwise stated Dualchas 2006
The publisher and the Society publish this information in good faith, but cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.
Meeting dates and topics are subject to change.