The Stonemason: Donald Macleod's Chronicle of Scotland's Highland Clearances

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Donald Macleod, Douglas MacGowan
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - 125 páginas
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Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, waves of tenant evictions swept through northern Scotland in what would become known as the Highland Clearances. Wealthy landlords, discovering hardy breeds of sheep that would flourish in the severe Highland climate, replaced populated farms and villages with higher-revenue sheep farms. The former tenants faced the choice of migrating to other parts of Scotland or emigrating to other countries. Stonemason Donald Macleod's collected writings provide one of the few existing chronicles of the Clearances from the perspective of one of the evicted tenants.

The majority of contemporary reports of the Highland Clearances were composed by journalists or the parties who put the evictions into effect. Landowners did not maintain accurate numbers of evictions and the negative consequences that resulted. Villages were destroyed to discourage tenants from returning, often before they could remove themselves or their possessions, resulting in severe hardship and even death. Originally a series of newspaper articles grouped by topic and published over a period of many months, Macleod's writings have remained largely unread. MacGowan edits and annotates the letters to present a chronological and powerful account of the tragedy.

 

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1812 to 1814
7
1818 to 1820
17
Life by the Sea and Problems with Livestock
23
1822
31
1830 and 1831
41
1832 to 1834
49
Harriet Beecher Stowes Memories the Crimean War and the Émigrés
81
Editors Afterword
115
Bibliography
121
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DOUGLAS MACGOWAN is the author of numerous articles and one book on Scottish history, Murder in Victorian Scotland. He is a regular contributor to the magazine Celtic Heritage and has also written for The Highlander, Dalriada Journal, Garm Lu, U.S. Scots, and the Scottish Journal. A native of Chicago, he and his wife live in Redwood City, California.

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