Scottish crofters in the 1870s watched the success of the Irish in obtaining concessions, and had ‘a mind to turn rebels themselves’. The Highland Land League was formed in 1882 and returned four sympathetic MPs at the election of 1885. Results were gratifyingly swift. Gladstone's Crofters' Act of 1886 gave security of tenure and Salisbury, the same year, established a separate secretary of state for Scotland.
Subjects: British History.