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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 Crofters’ War': Genesis 1880–3

‘The Crofters’ War': Genesis 1880–3

(p.96) Chapter three ‘The Crofters’ War': Genesis 1880–3
Land, Faith and the Crofting Community

Allan W. Maccoll

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the genesis of the ‘the crofters' war’. The first phase of the crofters' agitation witnessed a considerable level of ministerial involvement. From the outcry over the Leckmelm case aroused by John MacMillan, and the dearth which threatened the crofting communities in the winter and spring of 1881–2, a climate of sympathy towards the crofters was well established. The unrest on Skye caught many unawares — the island's ministers included — but was the catalyst for a thoroughgoing ministerial involvement with the land issue which lasted throughout the crofters' campaign.

Keywords:   crofters' war, agitation, land reform, John MacMillan, Skye, ministerial involvement

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