MHG10160 - Helmsdale


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Type and Period (1)

  • SETTLEMENT (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

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ND01NW 66 02 15
The Industrial Archaeology of Sutherland (A Scottish Highland Economy 1700-1900, p. 23, 24, 238, 240) - Sinclair B Calder, 1974

J Aitken : 19/2/2004

Helmsdale. Large planned village laid out by the Countess of Sutherland in 1818 as a centre for the fishing industry, the mouth of the River Helmsdale providing a natural harbour. On visiting her creation in 1820 the Countess wrote with the pride and exaggeration of a parent that it contained '..about six Herring establishments, each with their Cooperages, so large so well built, & so full of people both men & women packing the casks of fish, that it looked more like a part of Liverpool than anything else, so handsome are the buildings & so great the bustle.'
Helmsdale continued to develop through the 19th century, but the fishing industry declined after the First Worls War and the village is now primarily a local shopping and toursi centre.
J Gifford 1992.

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Grid reference Centred ND 0200 1500 (160m by 160m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND01NW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish KILDONAN

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