"SLEAT, a parish in the island of Skye, county Inverness, Scotland. It is situated to the westward of the mainland of Scotland, being separated by a channel which varies from a quarter of a mile to two leagues in breadth. The parish extends 20 miles in length by 3 in extreme breadth, being indented by Loch-in-Daal on the S. side, which leaves an isthmus of only about 1¼ mile to the head of Loch-Eishart, on the opposite side, thus cutting the parish into two divisions. The surface abounds in hilly pasture. The village of Sleat stands on Sleat Sound, with Sleat Point to the S.W., and Loch Alsh to the N.E., at which point it is crossed by a parliamentary road from the ferry at Kyle-Rhoa. This parish is in the presbytery and synod of Glenelg, and in the patronage of the crown. The parish church was erected an 1631, and was restored and enlarged about 1837. There are a Free church, six non-parochial schools, and a parochial school. In this parish are the castles of Dunskaich, Knock, and I'Chamuis, or the Castle of the Bay, once residences of the barons of Sleat. There are also five duns, or Danish forts."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of
Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]