National Gazetteer, 1868


Glenelg - Extract from National Gazetteer, 1868


"GLENELG, a parish and post village in the county Inverness, Scotland, 30 miles W. of Fort Augustus. It is situated on the W. coast of the county, and contains the village of Armsdale, and the districts of Glenelg proper, Knoydart, North Morar, and the Hourn; and Nevis and Morar lochs. The surface is very hilly, affording good pasture to great numbers of sheep and cattle. The size is about 20 square miles. This parish is in the presbytery of Lochcarron and synod of Glenelg. The minister has a stipend of £237. Here is a church, Free Church accommodation, and two Roman Catholic chapels. A parish and four or five schools are also in the parish. Glenelg House is the seat of Lord Waterpark; the other seats are Glengarry and Macleod. Glenelg gives the title of baron to the Grants. The village is very prettily situated on a small inlet bearing its name, near the Skye ferry. It contains some neatly built houses and the parish church. There are traces of several towers in the parish; the most perfect are those of Glenbeg. Glenelg gives name to a synod and Free Church district, embracing the presbytories of Lochcarron, Abertarff, Skye, Uist, and Lewis. Molybdena, asbestos, and amianthus are found among the hills. Fairs are held on the Friday after the last Tuesday in May and July, and the third Friday in September."

"HOURN, (or Loch Of Hell), a sea loch running between the districts of Glenelg and Knoydart, in the parish of Glenelg, county Inverness, Scotland. It opens out of Sleat Sound, and penetrates inland about 11 miles. The hills at some points attain an immense height, and are clothed with a thick forest. In the neighbourhood is Nevish (Heaven) Lough."

"RASAY, (or Rassay), a small island in the parish of Glenelg, county Inverness, Scotland, 5 miles S.E. of Broadford. It is situated in Slate Sound."

Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003