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sheep in main street of Inverurie

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  • Cape Breton, now part of Nova Scotia in Canada was the destination of more Hebridean Scots than any other part of the then British Empire. There were to be emigrants from England and Ireland in Gabarus and Margaree, and Acadian settlers in Cheticamp and Isle Madame, but otherwise, Cape Breton was to become another Hebrides, on the other side of the Atlantic. (part one) and (part two).
  • In 1772 the first organised emigration from the Hebrides to Canada took place, not on the 'Hector' to Pictou in Nova Scotia as is usually assumed, but on the 'Alexander' to Prince Edward Island. For more information please CLICK HERE.
  • The earliest major emigration from the Western Isles of Scotland was to Virginia and the Carolinas, but this was not, as it is often pictured, the flight of impoverished and demoralised peasantry, forced to leave their land. On the contrary, it was a well-prepared move by some of the wealthier classes in the Highlands and Islands to set up a New Highlands in a New World. For more information please CLICK HERE.
  • Passenger List Reconstruction for the Polly - An attempt at an accurate passenger list reconstruction for the "Polly", the first of the Lord Selkirk's trio of vessels to arrive on Prince Edward Island (Canada) in 1803. The "Polly" arrived arrived with her passengers from the Isle of Skye, Inverness-shire, Scotland on Sunday, August 7th, 1803.
  • Highlands and Islands Emigration Society - information on the society and their searchable 1852-1857 passenger lists as well as a Highlands and Islands map of 1847.
  • Scots-Irish And the Clearances - the movement of people between Scotland and Ireland and onward emigration to North America, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Without doubt the most large-scale attempt at kidnapping and selling Scots in America occurred in 1739 on the Isle of Skye. A couple of local lairds organised that a group of their tenants, around 100 in all, was rounded up and put aboard ship at Loch Bracadale to be taken to Pennsylvania or New England for sale as indentured servants. Fortunately for the Highlanders the ship, the William of Donaghadee, Captain Davison, went ashore near Donaghadee in Ulster and the 'passengers' escaped. There are some papers relevant to this case in The National Archives at Kew.

    Fishermen and their wives near Inverness c1725. 'The women tuck up their garments to an indecent height and wade to the vessels....they take the fishermen upon their backs and bring them on shore in the same manner'.


  • Clan Donald Centre, Armadale - Library and Study Centre with over 6,000 books and documents, covering all aspects of Scottish culture and history, dating from 16th century land grants.


  • Highland Council - home page.


  • Highland Clearances chronology - a list of significant dates between 1762 and 1856 from the excellent book 'The Highland Clearances' by John Prebble (1969). HappyHaggis. Happy to Help.


  • Highland Archives - Caithness local & military history from 13th Century onwards.
  • Clan Donald Centre, Armadale - Library and Study Centre with over 6,000 books and documents, covering all aspects of Scottish culture and history, dating from 16th century land grants.
  • Highland Council - Genealogy Centre
  • Highland Council - Photographic Archive
  • Highland Council - Archive
  • Highland Council - libraries.
  • Seallam! Visitors Centre - Genealogy Research centre for the Western Isles. This organisation has researched the oral history of virtually every household in the Outer Hebrides of the last 200 years. They have a bank of over 30,000 family tree sheets and also hold information on census returns, emigration and Old Parish Records.


  • FORT WILLIAM - area census 1841, 1861 &, 1881.
  • INVERNESS - Ships in Port in Inverness, Nairn & Elgin 1881 census.
  • ISLE OF MUCK - census from 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881 & 1891.
  • NEWTONMORE - community website
  • NORTH UIST - 1841 Census

    Invernessshire County Map


  • Ordnance Survey maps - free online maps covering the period 1860-1870.
  • Town Plan of Inverness - surveyed 1867-8


  • Grave Location for Holders of the Victoria Cross in the Highlands
  • Invernessshire Roll of Honour

    Inverness High Street 1917 (left) and Crofters houses, Skye (right)


  • GENUKI's pages for Inverness-shire
  • Genweb - Invernessshire - part of the British Isles GenWeb Project.
  • Shipping passenger list - Scotland to Nova Scotia on the "Dove" 1801.
  • IGI Batch Numbers for Inverness
  • Genealogy in The Outer Hebrides - Over the last three centuries many thousands of people emigrated from the Western Isles or Hebrides of Scotland, and a large part of the work at Co Leis Thu? involves trying to trace the earlier history of these emigrants, and making the attempt to link them to families presently in the Hebrides.
  • Ships in Port in the Highlands and Islands census 1881.
  • www.ambaile.org.uk - the Highland Council's bilingual website. Covers the history and culture of the Scottish Highlands and Islands.


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