'New Liverpool' Kyleakin, Isle of Skye
By GILLESPIE, James , 1810

Plan of the proposed town of Kyleakin, (in the Island of Skye) on the property of The Right Honorable Alexander Wentworth Lord MacDonald.

British Isles Scotland
  • Author: GILLESPIE, James
  • Publication place: London
  • Publication date: 1810.
  • Physical description: Engraved plan, with original hand-colour.
  • Dimensions: 460 by 500mm (18 by 19.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11858


This rare plan shows the proposed development of Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye.

In 1811, Lord MacDonald had plans to create a bustling town and harbour at Kyleakin. He commissioned James Gillespie Graham to draw up designs of the new town, which MacDonald styled ‘New Liverpool’. The plans show Kyleakin filled with rows and crescents of terraced housing and a church with a tall, elegant spire. Only a few houses were constructed before the project ran out of money. In 1845, ‘The New Statistical Account of Scotland’ described the village as containing, “about a dozen of good slated houses…including some shops, and a very comfortable well-kept inn.”

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