The Lowland Clearances
Scotland’s Silent Revolution 1760–1830
Peter Aitchison and Andrew Cassell
Although this site has concentrated to date on the Highland Clearances, there is another parallel that can be studied through the clearances that took place in the South and Lowland areas of Scotland. The information helps to provide a wider context of study for the social, political and cultural impact surrounding the clearances
The publisher states: This revolution of 'improvement' helped shape the landscape we accept today as the Scottish countryside. But it also swept aside a traditional way of life, causing immense upheaval and trauma for rural dwellers, many of whom moved to the new towns and cities or emigrated.
The Lowland Clearances also set in train the trend of depopulation which continues to affect Scotland to this day; the number of people who left the Lowlands during the agricultural revolution far exceeded the number exiled from the Highlands. And yet, compared to the Highlands, very little has been written or published about the Lowland Clearances. This book aims to redress that imbalance. It does not deny the clearances in the Highlands and Islands but reflects pioneering historical research which establishes them as part of a wider process of clearance which affected the whole of Scotland.
The book is due for release on the 5th of April, 2012 and a link to Amazon is provided here