By Philip Gaskell
Dr Gaskell's pioneering research of social and financial switch in a west Highland parish over the past century has end up considered as a vintage of neighborhood background, a e-book which increases matters which are nonetheless of normal and certainly of nationwide significance. yet Morvern reworked is greater than a learn of background: it truly is (to quote Professor R. H. Campbell's new creation) 'a attention-grabbing portrayal of a lifestyle which, just a century outdated, is already as varied from the current because it used to be in its personal day from the lifestyle one other century before.'
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1964), xix. See p. 126. Napier Commission evidence (1884), in, 2294. 6 Achranieh plan 1815. MacCulloch, J. (1824), n, 174. 17 Morvern in 1800 Claggan (1,490 acres), Dubh Dhoire with Clais Bhreac (1,580 acres) and Uileann (2,706 acres), a total area of 8,803 acres. It was not particularlygood land—its sheep-carrying capacity in the 1850s was only 233 sheep per 1,000 acres—but there are no high hills on it and it was all available for grazing. None of the settlements marked on the plan appear to have been very large.
For militia to burn houses and possibly in the scuffle murder women and children is what I should be very tender of. . the nearest rebels to Argylshire are my own tennants, the Camerons of Morven, and their houses are mine. I don't find any houses have been burned by the army on the east side of Scotland. "3 Although the Duke's protest went unheeded, the atrocities that were committed in the Great Glen after CuUoden reaching even greater depths 1 3 Fergusson, Sir J. (1951), 118-19, 120. Fergusson, Sir J.
Its precise route at this date is uncertain, but it was probably (as in the 1840s) "through two islands and over three ferries", that is, via Oban, Kerrera and Mull. "It contained only a few letters for the sheriff or the minister, and half-adozen to be delivered as opportunity offered to outlying districts in the parish.. "5 1 2 4 5 This route is shown as an alternative to the Achagavel-Liddesdale-Loch-head track on Argyll farms plan 1819, and as the only track in Thomson's atlas 1824; air photographs show no trace of it on the ground, and it is hard to see what it can have been but the drove road, since there was a relatively good road from Achagavel to Lochhead via Liddesdale for ordinary traffic.