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.




Sunday, 11 March 2012

Mailer fuar, Glen Artney.

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I recently had the opportunity to visit a new area within Lower Perthshire that I have previously not had the pleasure to visit. Glen Artney is a sleepy glen in the lower area of Perthshire.

I took my young 4 year old assistant with me on a far from perfect day, weatherwise and made my way along the glen to an area that I wanted to start to explore.

This is a new area for me and although not a densley populated area, then and now,  I feel there is significant evidence to record that will help us to understand the clearances.




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One of the sites that I wanted to visit was the farmsted of Mailer Fuar.This deserted farmsted provides an interesting insight into what it must have been like to farm in such an area, and to continue to farm when new opportunities,not too far away in the mills and growimh industrial sites in Glasgow and lanarkshire, were beginning to present themselves more readily. This area of Perthshire is not Highland Perthshire but rests within the lowland areas that would have experienced change more that 50 years before the Highland clearances took hold.

This site is interesting in that most of the buildings, albeit damaged, are still in place and one can get a sense of what it would have been like to live and work in this area
 


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I shall be returning to this glen to further record and collect more information on the few singular sites along this route.I will also be tying this information into the Drovers route that helped to tie the different cultures and people of these glens together as they commuted their livestock to markets in Glasgow, Perth and Edinburgh.

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