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.




Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Have the Displaced become the Displacer?

There is alot of evidence to suggest that crofters evicted from their lands in both the Highlands and the Lowlands not only emigrated to Canada, Nova Scotia and Australia (forced or otherwise) but also migrated south into England to take up poor farm lands and small holdings that would otherwise not be farmed.

The abilities and skills of crofters to farm on the poorest of soils and climatic challenging areas of the highlands would stand them in good sted when farming on better arable conditions on the plains of Cumbria, Cheshire and Derbyshire. Census records show the increased development of Scots families appearing in Cheshire around 1840 onwards.

Scots names also frequently appear in the more industrialised areas of the Northwest of England, Manchester, Liverpool where industrial development and employment would attract migration towards these areas in the search of work.

Migration within Scotland would have taken crofters towards the new Conurbations of Glasgow and New Lanark where Robert Owen (1771-1858) were cultivating Mills and industrial areas that would have provided both employment and social housing.

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