[highland-dance] Scottish Highlands List
- View SourceThere is a man in the San Francisco Bay Area named Douglas MacGowan who runs
a Scottish Highlands List. This list contains history of the Scottish
Highlands, such as the Clearances, and also has all kinds of current
information on the Highlands.
If you are interested in the history of the Highlands, as well as current
affairs, write to Douglas at:
for instructions on how to subscribe.
Hope this helps someone, esp you history nuts! <grin>
Here is a sample posting from the list----
Mind you, the list also has a lot of present day info on what is going on in
The official information at the Croick
Church WWW site (from hard-copy documents available at the church
itself) gives information on the Clearances but does not mention why
the people never entered the church:
"...These changes. known as The Clearances, did not reach Croick Parish
until 1842 when James Gillanders, factor to the Robertsons of Kindeace,
attempted to evict the tenants of their Glencalvie property in order to
make way for sheep. His efforts were at first strongly and successfully
resisted but he eventually succeeded on 24th May 1845 when 18 families
- some 90 people - were cleared from their homes in Glencalvie in which
they had lived for generations. Prior to their departure many took
shelter in improvised booths erected in the Croick churchyard and their
wretched plight is recorded in messages scratched on the outside of the
east window of the Church. It so happened that a special correspondent
from The Times newspaper witnessed these sad events and a facsimile of
his graphic despatch to his editor in London reporting them has been
placed within the Church. A reproduction of the scribbled messages can
also therein he seen. A further Clearance, from Greenyards in
Strathcarron in March 1854 which came to he known as the Massacre of
the Rosses, is also recorded in a message on the window."
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