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History of Golspie, Sutherland

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Golspie, Sutherland

Golspie, called Goillspidh in Scottish Gaelic, is a village in Sutherland, Scotland, on the coast of the North Sea. The name comes from the Norse word for gully village. As of 2016, it had a population of 1,350 people.

The Countess of Sutherland visited the village in July and August of 1805 and the first plans were set for Golspie village. It was to consist of houses 50 ft by 20 ft, each with a croft of 3/4 acre. The people who chose to relocate to the village were to be given a 99-year lease for their homes (built themselves), but the crofts were to be rented on an annual basis to allow for changes to the layout of the village.

Notables from Golspie

  • William Fowler(1824-1906), an architect
  • Adam Gunn (1872-1935), emigrated to the United States and became an athlete
  • Lewis Williamson (1989 - living), a Formula Renault driver
  • Jimmy Yuill (1956 - living), a Royal Shakespeare Company actor

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