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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, 19 February 2012

The Silent Clearances - Tom Devine

The Lowland Clearances 'Fuadaich nan Galltachd'

This presentation is provided by Dunedin Public Libraries and presents Professor Thomas Devine OBE (University of Edinburgh), as he discusses the scale and impact of the 'Silent Clearances', and how they resonate in Scottish settlement today.

Modern research has challenged that assumption by demonstrating the extent of removals elsewhere in Scotland. This lecture demonstrated the scale of dispossession of people in one Lowland region and explained how it transformed the way of life in the southwest forever, suggesting why the Highland Clearances are remembered yet the Lowland Clearances are forgotten.

Although not a direct transcript, a report of a Lecture by Tom Devine titled 'The Lowland Clearances and The Transformation of SouthWest Scoltand' does provide further background to the video and can be accessed here

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