‘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.
- 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
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.”