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, 26 November 2012

Translocation 2013

Copyright: Timespan


Timespan Museum and the Helmsdale community warmly invite you to  Scotland’s northeast coast to participate in the Kildonan Clearances Bicentenary from Friday 2nd – Sunday 18th August 2013.




Timespan’s Translocation project commencing in January 2013 will follow the historical calendar of events beginning with the ‘Kildonan Riots’ in January 1813, when an uprising by the farming tenant’s showed the landowners and the outside world that the majority of the population of the Strath of Kildonan were not willing participants in the agricultural changes that were forced upon them at the time of the Highland Clearances. This led to a mass exodus of people from the Strath of Kildonan to Lord Selkirk’s newly created settlement along the Red River (now Winnipeg) in North America. 

The typhus ridden ship carrying the Kildonan people arrived at Churchill on the coast of Hudson Bay on 12th August 1813, where some of the unfortunate party who succumbed to illness were buried. It took nearly another year for the remainder of the intrepid group to reach Red River, which they did in August 1814.

For more information, visit the Timespan Museum information page HERE

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