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Land, Faith and the Crofting CommunityChristianity and Social Criticism in the Highlands of Scotland 1843-1893$
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Allan W. MacColl

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623822

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623822.001.0001

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The Escalation of Agitation

The Escalation of Agitation

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(p.126) Chapter four The Escalation of Agitation
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Land, Faith and the Crofting Community
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Allan W. Maccoll

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623822.003.0005

The policy impact of the Napier Report was minimal but the effect of the public enquiry was to promulgate and intensify the expectation for land reform throughout the crofting areas. This heightening of the agitation from 1884 forced the crofters' grievances into the forum of national politics, a process which eventually led to the passing of the 1886 Crofters' Holdings (Scotland) Act. At the same time both ministers and elders were forced to respond to the escalation of the land reform campaign, not least when troops were sent to bolster the authority of the law.

Keywords:   crofters' war, land reform, Napier Report, 1886 Crofters' Holdings (Scotland) Act

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