Comann Eachdraidh Ionadail Phortrigh


History Society

Chair: I. G. MacDonald

Secretary: Cintia Stammers
Treasurer: Iona MacDonald

Last Season's Meetings 2015 - 2016

Previous Meetings:
Our season 2014 - 2015
  • 14 October 2014
    A Sea History of Skye: the Sound of Sleat

    Charles Barrington
  • 11 November 2014
    Goodbye Dolly

    Graham Ross

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  • 9 December 2014
    Misty Memories

    Mike McDiarmid and Drew Millar

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  • 13 January 2015
    Postponed - bad weather

  • 10 February 2015
    Skye Ephemera

    Iona MacDonald

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  • 10 March 2015
    Generations at Rest – where history and legend entwine

    Allan Campbell

  • 14 April 2015
    Annual General Meeting, followed by:'Surgeon in the Kaiser's Army'
    Mike Westman

Our season 2013 - 2014
  • 8 October 2013
    Vikings on Skye

    Gordon McIntyre

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  • 12 November 2013
    Genealogy for Beginners

    C. Anne Fraser
    Family Historian

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  • 10 December 2013
    Some thoughts on Skye place names

    Cailean MacLean

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  • 14 January 2014
    ‘S fherr sguir na sgineadh:Highland food and food customs

    Iona MacDonald

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  • 4 February 2014 'J.G. MacKay – Highland Patriot and his Gladstone Building'


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  • 11 March 2014
    A Short History of Peat in Scotland

    Dr Richard V. Birnie
  • 8 April 2014
    Annual General Meeting - followed by:'Before Photography: Early Images of Skye and the West Highlands'

    Anne MacLeod

  • Listen to a short excerpt:
Our Season 2012- 2013

    Where Listen appears, a short excerpt is available here, and a full audio recording of the talk has been lodged with the Portree Archive Centre for reference.

    • 9 October 2012
      Glenbrittle Girls Drown - Skye's Tragedy

      Professor Norman Macdonald, Portree
    • 13 November 2012
      No VCs but plenty of heroes

      Graham Ross

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    • 11 December 2012
      "... the Braes men talk in Portree
      The news from Glendale..."

      Alan Campbell

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    • 8 January 2013
      HM Coastguard on the Isle of Skye

      Roger Baillie

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    • 12 February 2013
      Portree Church History - a Layman's Perspective

      Dr Charles Crichton

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    • 12 March 2013
      The Hilleary Family of Skye

      Ruaraidh Hilleary

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  • 9 April 2013
    Annual General Meeting plus Films from the Archives
    introduced by
    I. G. MacDonald
  • Our Season 2011 - 2012

    Listen indicates a short excerpt from the talk.
    Full, unedited audio recordings of the talks are lodged with the Portree Archive Centre and may be referred to there.
    • 11 October 2011
      Steamers to Stornoway

      Colin Tucker


    • 8 November 2011
      Sgire Throdairnis through Song

      Anne Martin


    • 13 December 2011
      The hospitals of Skye - their origin and development

      Jim Leslie


    • 10 January 2012
      The MacDonalds of Waternish - a family and community history

      Iona MacDonald


    • 7 February 2012
      Skye - the cradle of piping

      Dr Angus MacDonald

    • 13 March 2012
      The Story of the Kyle Line

      Pat Myhill

    • 10 April 2012
      Annual General Meeting
      followed by:

      The Battle of the Spoilt Dyke

      Allan Beaton

    Our Season
    2010 - 2011
    • October 12, 2010
      It's Not in the Books: Edinbane Uncovered
      Roddy Gillies
    • November 9, 2010
      Digging Deep in Armadale
      Mary Peteranna
    • December 14, 2010
      Father Allan of Eriskay
      Roger Hutchinson
    • January 11, 2011
      Tobar an Dualchais/The Well of Heritage
      Donnie Munro
    • February 8, 2011
      Torrin: Beneath Blaven
      Paul Johnson
    • March 8, 2011
      Raising the Roof: Corrugated Iron
      Nick Thomson
    • April 12, 2011
      AGM followed by Elgin Hostel School Days
      Norman Gilles
    2009 - 2010
    • October 13, 2009
      Their Past, Your Future.
      Mary Carmichael
    • November 10, 2009
      Our Landscape and its Music
      John Purser
    • December 8, 2009
      A Trip round Trotternish.
      I.G. MacDonald
    • January 12, 2010
      Visit to New Archive Centre Elgin Hostel Portree.
      Anne Macleod
    • February 9, 2010
      A Walk on the Wild Side:from the Butt of Lewis to Barra Head.
      (Switched to December)
      Cailean Maclean
    • March 9, 2010
      Where is the Bar? A Kensaleyre History (Scotland’s Rural Past Project ).
      John Wilson
    • April 13, 2010
      AGM followed by Lyndale House History from 1900.
      Marcus Ridsdall Smith
    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
      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
    The Harbour

    All meetings are at Tigh na Sgire, Portree, and start at 7.30 p.m.

    14 November 2017
    A Pot-luck Evening

    Society Members

    Memories, artefacts, photographs from Members and Guests
    If you would like to show
    and discuss a photograph, please email a scanned copy to

    Portree Local History Society exists to promote the study of and an interest in the History of Portree, its local area and surroundings, and the Isle of Skye in general.

    Is e prìomh amas a'chomainn ùidh dhaoine a dhùsgadh chan e a-mhàin ann an eachdràidh baile Phortrigh ach ann an eachdraidh an Eilein air fad. Tha sinn deònach daoine a bhrosnachadh gu bhith rannsachadh agus a'clàradh eachdraidh ar coimhearsnachdan.

    We have a programme of meetings held through the Autumn, Winter and Spring months, and, in addition, organise outings and visits of historical interest during the Summer.

    Tha an Comann a'coinneachadh a h-iule mìos ann a Taigh na Sgìre ann am Portrigh. Tha na coinneamhan air an cumail ann am Beurla ach b'fhìor thoigh leinn luchd na Gàidhlig a bhith an sàs san obair cuideachd.

    The Society's web site
    This venture is intended to introduce the Society and, through it, the History of the area, to a wider audience.
    We welcome any contributions - written, pictorial or both, long, short or single sentences - to expand the content of the site.
    Please feel free to email them to the site. All copyright will be duly acknowledged.

    On other pages:

    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 – Màiri Mhòr nan ’rain -
    A song-lecture
    March 13 - Ian McCrorie - The MacBrayne Story
    April 10 - AGM, with guest speaker - Roger Hutchinson - “Calum’s Road”

    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

    All meetings are held at Tigh na Sgire, Portree,
    but note change of venue, December 2008
    at 7. 30 p.m.,
    on the second Tuesday of each month.

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    Published by Stephen Clarke, on behalf of Portree Local History Society - © September 2015.
    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.