Failte gu Fuadach nan Gaidhealt na h-Alba

Failte gu Fuadach nan Gaidhealt na h-Alba.
The Highland Clearances were a devestating part of the history of Scotland. For many it changed not only their way of life but also shaped the rural future of Scotland. Many villagers suffered at the hands of their landlords and tackmen and fought a desperate struggle to find a new life. Others managed to propser in a new life that never saw them return to Scotland again. Here is a resource that supports the documentation and historical value of this important area of Scottish history. You can follow in the footsteps of these villagers and find detailed descriptions and locations of the remains of some of the villages and townships through site descriptions, photographs and suggestions for further reading and links to follow.




Monday, 28 February 2011

The Cultural Impact of the Highland Clearances

In this article, by Ross Noble, and published by the BBC History unit, Ross Noble assesses what really went on during the Clearances. The Clearances have been seen as an act of greed and betrayal, an attempt by the ruling class to preserve their wealth by sacrificing their people. Now that the gloomy shadows of these forced expulsions are passing.

About Ross Noble

Ross Noble has been the curator of the Highland Folk Museum, Kingussie and Newtonmore, since 1976. He is currently chairman of the Scottish Country Life Museums Trust. His publications include: 'Creel Houses of the Scottish Highlands' in From Corrib to Cultra edited by Trefor M Owen (Belfast, 2000) and 'On the Trail of Folk Furniture: A Highland Heritage shared across the seas' in Sharing the Earth edited by JM Fladmark (London, 1995).

c. Ross Noble / BBC

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