"YELL, (Middle and South) a united parish in the island of Yell, Shetland Isles, coast of Scotland. It comprises the post-office stations of East Yell and Burra-voe, the isles of Hascussay, Samphrey, and the middle and southern portions of the island of Yell. The parish extends 13¼ miles N. and S. in length, with an extreme breadth of 7 miles, including a large extent of water, which is intimately mingled with the land. The chief portion of the land is in pasture and unenclosed moorland. On the W. side of the island of Yell the shores are rocky, but on the E. low and sandy. Traces of copper ore have been found in the serpentine rocks. Most of the inhabitants unite the occupations of farmers and fishermen, and within the last quarter of a century sheep-farming has been successfully introduced. The living of the united parishes of Middle and South Yell is in the presbytery of Burra-voe."
From The National Gazetteer of of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
- The transcription of the section for Yell from the National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.
Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, Samuel Lewis - 1851
HASCUSSAY, an isle, in the parish of Mid-and-South-Yell, in the county of Shetland; containing 42 inhabitants. Hascussay lies on the east side of Yell, in Colgrave sound, and west of the isle of Fetlar; it is one of the smaller of the Shetland group, and was formerly uninhabited.
SAMPHREY, an isle, in the parish of Mid and South Yell, county of Shetland; containing 36 inhabitants. It is a small island lying in Yell sound, about a mile and a half southward from Biga island.
SANDWICK, an isle, in the parish of Mid-and-South-Yell, county of Shetland. It is a very small isle, situated in the sound of Yell, and a short distance from the western coast of the island of that name. Between it and the Mainland of Shetland is the isle of Stour-holm.
UNARAY, an isle, in the parish of Mid-and-South-Yell, county of Shetland. It is a small uninhabited isle, in the sound of Yell, close to the north point of Bigga.
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