- ULLAPOOL, a fishing-village, and lately a quoad sacra parish, in the parish of Lochbroom, county of Ross and Cromarty, 45 miles (N. W. by W.) from Dingwall; containing, with the isles of Martin, Ristol, and Tanara, 2769 inhabitants, of whom 790 are in the village of Ullapool. This place owes its origin to the British Fisheries' Society, who in 1788 established here one of their stations; and since that time it has been gradually increasing. The village is finely situated on the north-eastern shore of Loch Broom, and at the mouth of a small river which issues from Loch Achall, and flowing westward, falls into the bay of Ullapool, in Loch Broom. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in the fisheries, and an agent of the company is stationed here for the promotion of the trade. The herring-fishery, since its first establishment, has experienced considerable fluctuation; but it has recently improved, and during the season vast numbers of boats from various places are actively employed. The harbour is spacious, and easily accessible to vessels of large burthen, which can approach the quay. Many coasting-vessels touch at the port; and belonging to the place are three sloops that sail to Greenock, Liverpool, and Ireland, with which a moderate coasting-trade is carried on. A post-office under that of Dingwall has been established here, and letters are conveyed by a messenger thrice in the week: the road to Dingwall was originally in excellent condition, but has lately been much neglected. The parish, including a district of about sixty square miles, was separated for ecclesiastical purposes from Lochbroom by act of the General Assembly in 1833. The church, which accommodates 600 persons, was erected by parliamentary grant in 1829; the minister has a stipend of £120, with a manse, and grass for two cows: patron, the Crown. A school formerly supported by the General Assembly has been converted into a parochial school, and the master now has a salary of £32 paid by government.
A Topographical dictionary of Scotland. Samuel Lewis. 1856.
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