Re: The Highland Clearances
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There was a programme on TV in UK some months ago which told the story of some families- they were recruited by a priest to go t Canada - promised all sorts - on arrival in Canada there was nothing and they were destitute - - they lived rough - and worked for very little and mainly of them succumbed to disease - the descendants were interviewed, and many still in touch with the families in Scotland - they conceded that their ancestors suffered - and were duped into going, however, their struggle meant their descendants now had a better life.
Controversial perhaps - but Something that everyone whose ancestors were taken/forced to go to a different place perhaps should contemplate what their lives would be like if their ancestors had stayed put
From: Glynn Currie <familyhistoryguy@...>
To: Islay@Scotland-Genealogy.groups.io <Islay@Scotland-Genealogy.groups.io>
Sent: Fri, 9 Apr 2021 7:02
Subject: Re: [Islay] The Highland Clearances
It is no wonder those farmers came to Canada where they suffered huge deprivations and hard work. Here, depending on time and place, they received 200 acres of land for themselves! They were used to hardship and hard work anyway and the entire crop belonged to them. They could build a better life for their families.
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Clearances in Scotland, evictions in Ireland and enclosures in England -- different names for the same phenomenon. Subsistence farmers were removed from the land, forced into towns or to emigrate, so that the land could be turned over to sheep whose wool fed the looms of the industrializing midlands, along with the cotton produced by slaves in the American south and Britain's Caribbean islands. Sheep were highly profitable and didn't rebel. Scottish Land Commission: "It found that about 1,125 owners, including Highland lairds and major public bodies such as Forest Enterprise and the National Trust for Scotland, own 70% of Scotland’s rural land, covering more than 4.1m hectares (10m acres) of countryside." And these days those "lairds" are mostly of English descent.