Pabbay  Inverness Shire


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Pabbay like this:

Pabbay, an island in Harris parish, Outer Hebrides, Inverness-shire, 2¼ miles W of Cape Difficulty, and 3½ N of Bernera. With a length of 2½ miles from E to W, and a width of 1½ mile from N to S, it rises to an altitude of 1000 feet above sea-level; and as seen from a distance presents a conical outline. ...

It formerly grew very fine crops of corn, but it has in a great degree been rendered barren and desolate. Sand-drift has overwhelmed its SE side; the spray from the Atlantic almost totally prevents vegetation in the NW; and only on the SW, where it is sheltered by Bernera, does the island retain anything like its former noted fertility. Pop. (1841) 338, (1861) 21, (1871) 8, (1881) 2.

Pabbay through time

Pabbay is now part of Eilean Siar district. Click here for graphs and data of how Eilean Siar has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Pabbay itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Pabbay, in Eilean Siar and Inverness Shire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 04th December 2021

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