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


22 September 2007
12.45 p.m.
Rosedale Hotel, Portree

As part of a 3 day festival celebrating the life of Miri Mhr nan rain
Portree Local History Society has sponsored a plaque to be unveiled at the Rosedale Hotel
the building where Miri Mhr spent her final hours.

Our 2006 - 7 Season also celebrated the music of Miri Mhr

Miri Mhr nan Orain

A song-lecture by Fiona MacKenzie


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.

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From the moment Fiona was introduced to the packed audience, it was clear that this was to be a very special occasion.

Fiona MacKenzie is the Miri Mhr Song Fellow. The Miri Mhr Gaelic Song Fellowship was set up in 2002 to encourage participation in Gaelic song events and activities and to provide a reference point for people wanting information on any aspect of Gaelic song.

Using no props other than the words to the songs and her own wonderful voice, Fiona traced Miri Mhor's life and ideas through her music.
Miri Mhr nan Oran (Mary MacPherson) was a nurse from Skeabost. A prolific song writer from the age of 50, she wrote songs of exile, praise and hope as well as songs of protest about the way the Gaels were treated by others.

Fiona spoke of Miri's life on Skye, in Inverness, and her vindictive imprisonment, her training in Greenock, her songs, her contribution to the Land Struggle, and more; each element was illustrated by song - so much so that it is impossible to do the evening justice here in the written word. We would recommend those interested to pursue both Miri Mhr and Fiona's work, perhaps on the internet as a starting point.

An excellent resource is the Am Baile website, but there are many others.


Published by Stephen Clarke, on behalf of Portree Local History Society - January 2007.
Photographs, unless otherwise stated Dualchas 2006
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Meeting dates and topics are subject to change.