Hebrides (Western Isles) Group of more than 500 islands off the w coast of Scotland. They divide into the Inner Hebrides (Skye, Rhum, Eigg, Islay, Mull) and the Outer Hebrides (Lewis, Harris, North Uist, and South Uist). First inhabited in the 4th millennium bc, Picts settled on the islands from the 3rd century ad, and the Scots arrived later. In the 8th century, the Vikings invaded and the Hebrides became a Norwegian dependency. In the 13th century, Norway ceded the islands to Scotland. Less than 100 of the islands are inhabited. Industries: fishing, farming, woollen clothing.
Hebrides, The (Mendelssohn). See Fingal's Cave.
Hebrides. See Western Islands.
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