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A History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland, 1500-1920$
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T.C. Smout and Alan R. MacDonald

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780748612413

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612413.001.0001

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The Irish and Glenorchy, 1721–40

The Irish and Glenorchy, 1721–40

(p.340) Chapter 13 The Irish and Glenorchy, 1721–40
A History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland, 1500-1920

T. C. Smout

Alan R. MacDonald

Fiona Watson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines how woodland management decisions worked out on the ground with a case study of the felling of pine and oakwoods in the West Highlands – one of the most obvious aspects of the comprehensive exploitation of the area which took off in the eighteenth century. The situation involved three main groups of players: the owners of the woods, often short of cash; their tenants who had utilised the timber resource for many aspects of their daily lives from time immemorial; and the ‘foreign’ commercial interests who provided a new dimension to woodland history from the late seventeenth century onwards. The relationships between them were complex. Each of these groups had claimed for themselves a prominent role in maintaining and preserving the woodland resource; equally, they had each also been blamed for destroying it. This chapter focuses on one particular group of outsiders, a partnership of Irishmen operating in the 1720s and 1730s, about whom local feeling was explicit and unmistakably hostile.

Keywords:   pine, oakwoods, West Highlands, outsides, Irishmen, woodland management, case study

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