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Debating the Highland Clearances$
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Eric Richards

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748621828

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621828.001.0001

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The Age of the Clearances

The Age of the Clearances

(p.45) Chapter 3 The Age of the Clearances
Debating the Highland Clearances

Eric Richards

Edinburgh University Press

The first great surge of clearances began during the expansionary 1780s but then continued into the years of contraction and travail after Waterloo in 1815 when falling commodity prices squeezed all the previous optimism out of the Highland economy. The initial landlord assumption was that the people would be relocated and redeployed into new activities, usually along the coasts of the great estates. In the later phase the people were simply ousted without regard to alternative accommodation. The first step to eviction was the serving of a ‘Notice of Removal’ to a tenant. [35] The most infamous clearances entailed the wholesale displacement of traditional communities in sudden evacuations, but the exact circumstances were often complicated.

Keywords:   Chronology, Evictions, Varieties

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