The first written references to the island are from Roman sources – Scitis (Skye), the island is found on an early map. 750 years ago by the Treaty of Perth Norse rule and struggle for these islands was ended in 1266. The most obvious evidence that the Vikings were here is in our place names. Marishadder, for example – a grazing place for horses. An act of parliament in 1746 after the last Jacobite rising further crushed the clan system and brought about drastic change, clan chief turned landowner. By the end of the 1700s the chief and his family were often responsible for cruelly clearing a people rooted to their land by inheritance. Thereby the clan system which had worked for the good of the people for hundreds of years was completely broken down for ever.

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