ISBuC (v7) 2012
Skye Timeline 1800 - 1814

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1800: Lord MacDonald imports Fife miners to extract lignite, a poor quality coal at Portree, Uig and Kilmaluag.
1800: Portree Jail constructed.
1800: Skye's first shop built by Lord MacDonald at Kyleakin.
1800: Battery (Volta's voltaic cell) invented.
1801: First census of Great Britain reveals population of 11m of which 75% were rural. Population of London 864,000.
1801: Population of Scotland was 1,608,420; that of Skye was 15,800.
1802: First steam ship.
1803: Henry Shrapnel invents the shell.
1804: Steam locomotive invented.
1804: Lord Alexander MacDonald of Sleat petitions the Highlands Roads and bridges Commission to build the Kylerhea to Stein road.
1805: Thomas Telford develops plan for Highland roads.
1805: Evangelists call for bagpipes and fiddles to be destroyed on a great bonfire at the head of Loch Snizort.
1806: Cotton industry employs 90,000 factory workers and 184,000 handloom weavers.
1806: Beaufort Wind Scale.
1807: First gas street lighting in London.
1808: The MacLeods' lands at Glenelg sold for 98,500 to a London banker named Patrick Crawford Bruce.
1809: Electric telegraph developed.
1810: Portree jail, the town's oldest remaining building, built.
1811: Road from Dunvegan to Borve completed.
1811: Lime kiln built at Broadford.
1812: Angus MacKay born on Raasay. Became a Gold Medal piper and piper to the Raasay Campbells.
1812: Road between Broadford and Ardvasar completed.
1813: Cattle driven from Skye to mainland markets put at between 5,000 and 8,000 head a year.
1813: Road between Kylerhea and Ardvasar completed.
1814: Walter Scott visits the island.

Courtesy of Geoff Holman