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The harbour at Skeld

Skeld, (Old Norse: Skjolðr, Shield or shelter) is a village on the south side of the West Shetland Mainland. The main village is also referred to as Easter Skeld, while the western end of the settlement, about a mile away, is known as Wester Skeld. The council housing estate in Skeld is called also has a school on a hill

Notable residents[edit]

The great 20th-century poet Vagaland's father was from Skeld, and he was born Thomas Alexander Robertson at nearby Westerwick. Vagaland retained a love for and a sense of belonging to this part of Shetland, though he moved to Walls as a small child.

Erraid Davies, swimmer and bronze medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, lives in Skeld.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Glasgow 2014: Erraid Davies's parents praise 'amazing daughter'". (28 July 2014) BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  2. ^ Brown, Craig (29 July 2014). "Glasgow 2014: Erraid Davies the toast of Scotland". The Scotsman. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 


Coordinates: 60°11′18″N 1°26′24″W / 60.18833°N 1.44000°W / 60.18833; -1.44000