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Tweed Weaving at Port Eisgein

Tuesday August 18th 2015

We have always read Peter Kerr’s local social history blog with interest (“Wandering and Wondering” in English).

One of the most fascinating posts concerns the place of residence of Marion and Christine MacLeod – credited with being the first to market the cloth now known as Harris Tweed on the mainland. The plaque commemorating the sisters is along the road near Carminish. Making reference to an entry in the 1851 census, Peter highlights that the sisters were recorded as living in “Port Eisgein, Farm of Strond” – perhaps suggesting a location closer to Borrisdale. It’s very tempting to speculate that the commercial origins of Tweed in the islands lies close to our house – perhaps a good omen for the establishment of our weaving business!