ISBuC (v7) 2012
Skye Timeline 1835 - 1849

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1835: Bad harvest hits Skye.
1836: Bad harvest hits Skye.
1836: First recorded climb in the Cuillin - Sgurr nan Gillean conquered by Professor James Forbes and MacDonald Estate forester Duncan MacIntyre.
1837: Electric telegraph developed.
1937: 450 Skye inhabitants shipped to Australia.
1838: Skye's population 24,485.
1838: Unknown ship sails with new world settlers from Culnacnoc.
1838: Ship screw propellor invented.
1839: Faraday develops theory of magnetism.
1840: Wildcat still recorded on Skye.
1840: 40 small retailers in Duirinish.
1840: Bicycle invented.
1840: Borve cleared of crofters.
1841: Skye's population peaks at 23,000.
1841: The Ocean sails from Portree with 335 settlers for Prince Edward Island.
1841: The island of Wiay, in Loch Bracadale, inhabited by six people. Soay supports 113.
1843: 'The Disruption'. Free Church breaks away from the established church.
1843: Raasay's Angus MacKay becomes piper to Queen Victoria.
1843: James MacLeod, 12th and last chief of Raasay, sells the island to a Mr George Rainey of Edinburgh. He later emigrates.
1845: Pneumatic tyre invented.
1845: Galvanised corrugated iron developed.
1846: Steamships Dolphin, Shandon and Tartar start sailing from Glasgow, via Ardrishaig, Oban and Tobermory, to Portree.
1848: Potato famine in Skye.
1847: Godfrey William Wentworth, fourth Lord MacDonald sells inherited property in North Uist and Trotternish to pay debts.
1847: Starvation blamed for two deaths in Glen Shiel.
1849: Some 5,000 Skye people receiving Relief in return for work.

Courtesy of Geoff Holman