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St Kilda Village. General view from North East.

SC 416620

Description St Kilda Village. General view from North East.

Date c. 1878

Catalogue Number SC 416620

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of IN 2368

Scope and Content 1870s photograph of village, Hirta, St Kilda, Hebrides St Kilda was settled in ancient times but repopulated after 1727 when a smallpox epidemic left only 30 survivors. The only village, on Hirta, was rebuilt in the 1830s and evacuated in 1930 after the population had shrunk to under 30. This shows the village in about 1878. At the time, the islanders were enthusiastic members of the Free Church. The long hours spent in regular church and prayer meetings are thought to have contributed to the island's decline. St Kilda's subsistence economy was based on sheep-rearing, egg-collecting and bird-harvesting, as well as crofting and fishing. Most of the work depended on the weather and the season and was easily disrupted by a strict timetable of religious observance. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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