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Communication or Separation? Reactions to Irish Land Agitation and Legislation in the Highlands of Scotland, c.1870–1910

Ewen A. Cameron

in The English Historical Review

Volume 120, issue 487, pages 633-666
Published in print June 2005 | ISSN: 0013-8266
Published online June 2005 | e-ISSN: 1477-4534 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ehr/cei124
Communication or Separation? Reactions to Irish Land Agitation and Legislation in the Highlands of Scotland, c.1870–1910

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The Scottish Highlands, in stark contrast to Ireland, were drawn into an anglicised world centred on the powerful economy of Lowland Scotland. Existing historiography emphasises the similarities between the experiences in Highland Scotland and Ireland in the period under consideration here. The aim of this article is to suggest that it is the contrasts and increasing distance between the two areas that are more evident. An introduction will briefly examine the comparative history of the two societies in the years before c.1870 as well as political perceptions of Scotland and Ireland evident in the statements of those involved in the Irish Land War and the Crofters' War of the 1880s. The first section will examine the nature of these agitations and the response of the state in dealing with the challenges they presented. The second section will analyse one such response in greater detail, namely land legislation in the shape of the Irish Land Act of 1881 and the Crofters' Holdings (Scotland) Act of 1886. The penultimate section will scrutinise the Conservative response to the Irish and Highland land questions, which attempted to develop the rural economy and deal with the mal-distribution of the population compared with landed resources and the preponderance of small holdings and part-time agriculture, or ‘congestion’. The final section will deal with the contrasts relating to the divergent approaches to the United Kingdom in Ireland and Highland Scotland.

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