Culloden, Clearances and Crofting: Highland history across the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

Event Type: Branch

Takes Place: 15th April 2019

Time: 7.30

Venue: Park Campus, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham

Description: There is no doubt that the impact and legacy of World War One in the Scottish Highlands was profound. But not every consequence was negative. 2019 marks the centenary of the passing of the Land Settlement (Scotland) Act. This was one of the most important pieces of Highland legislation, having a hugely positive impact on lives and landscape. It would not have come into being if it were not for the war. This talk will tell the otherwise less than positive story behind the legislation. Beginning with the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden in 1746, this is a story of total and catastrophic change to the Gaelic way of life. It is a story of forced emigration and relocation. Of the creation of new agricultural practices, and of the imposition of a part-agricultural and part-industrial way of life in which people lived on the land but not wholly from it. But it is also a story of resistance, and of attempts to reassert an older culture. Ultimately it will be suggested that the 1919 Act was a result of that struggle, and that with the 2003 and 2016 Land Reform Acts the story has come full circle.

Price: Free to National HA Branch members, students (school and university). Visitors £3


Organiser: Gloucestershire Branch

Lecturer: Dr Iain Robertson, University of the Highlands and Islands.

Region: West Midlands

Branch: Gloucestershire

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