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By James Hunter

They might be greater lifeless, they acknowledged, than set adrift upon the realm. yet set adrift they have been – hundreds of thousands of them, their groups destroyed, their houses demolished and burned. Such have been the Sutherland Clearances, a rare episode, regarding the planned depopulation of a lot of a Scottish county. What used to be performed during that episode used to be deliberate and conducted by way of a small staff of fellows and one lady. so much of these concerned wrote greatly approximately their activities, intentions and emotions, and masses of it's been preserved. There are not any an identical collections of fabric from these whose groups ceased to exist. Their emotions and fears are tougher to entry, yet they're not at all irrecoverable. during this e-book James Hunter tells the tale of the Sutherland Clearances. His researches took him to records in Scotland, England and Canada, to the now abandoned straths of Sutherland, to the frozen shorelines of Hudson Bay. the result's a gripping, relocating, definitive account of a people’s fight for survival within the face of tragedy and catastrophe together with reports that have no longer featured in any prior such account.

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However, it was not now applied to Gordonbush (which retained that name) but to a farm which took shape in 1813 and which stretched from Strathbrora to the Strath of Kildonan, some 15 miles, as the crow flies, further north. This Kilcalmkill farm carried a stock of around 10,000 sheep. Those sheep belonged to the farm’s tenant, Gabriel Reed, whom James Loch, not given to flattery, considered ‘one of the most intelligent stock farmers’ of his day. Underpinning this judgement was Reed’s mastery of the complex business of getting large-scale sheep farming under way in Sutherland.

Cleared from Strathnaver. Wrote extensively, influentially and bitterly about the clearances. Highly critical of the Sutherland clergy. Maconochie, Alexander MP Lord advocate in succession to Archibald Colquhoun. Helped James Loch ease George Cranstoun out of Sutherland’s sheriffship. MacPherson, Kate Left her Strath of Kildonan home for Red River in 1813. Nursed typhus sufferers at Sloop’s Cove on the Churchill River in the fall of that year. Afterwards settled at Red River. Munro, John Evicted during Patrick Sellar’s 1814 clearances in Strathnaver.

This was in 1812, by which point Carrol was owned by John’s son Joseph. Three years before, the marchioness had assured Joseph, 30 when his father died in 1807, of her ‘regard for the old connection subsisting between our families’. She and her husband, Lady Stafford told Joseph, would ‘do everything in our power to render your situation in Sutherland agreeable and comfortable’. 5 Joseph Gordon, who began training as a lawyer in Edinburgh in 1804 and who then launched his own legal practice there, was not a poor man.

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