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

Douglas MacGowan

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May 30 2001 0275969479 978-0275969479

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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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (May 30 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275969479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275969479
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 417 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,703,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A very interesting and vigorous text that provides a vital perspective on socio-economic change in the 19th century. Macleod was clearly an educated stonemason and his account provides a bottom up' vision of the period."-Jeremy Black Military Historian

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Presents first-person account of a man who, along with his family and neighbors, was evicted and persecuted during Scotland's 19th century Highland Clearances when landlords replaced their tenants with livestock.


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In the first years of the nineteenth century, the lands of Sutherlandshire were largely owned by Elizabeth Gordon, premier peeress of Scotland, who, in her own right, succeeded to the estates of her father William, the twenty-first Earl of Sutherland, with the title of Countess of Sutherland. Read the first page
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