The extent and character of the woods, 1500–1920

T. C. Smout, Alan R. MacDonald and Fiona Watson

in A History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland, 1500-1920

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780748612413
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653331 | DOI:
The extent and character of the woods, 1500–1920

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This chapter discusses the extent and character of the Scottish woods from 1500–1920. In 1503, Parliament declared that the wood of Scotland is ‘utterly destroyed’, probably reflecting at least the king's vexation in not being able to get his hands on the supplies he needed for his castles and ships. The tone of legislation in the next two centuries was consistently anxiety-ridden. Acts of 1535, 1607, and 1661 enjoined the planting and protection of timber. Those of 1592, 1594, and 1617 endeavoured to keep royal parks and forests from destruction, the last-named reciting their decay through the presence of shielings, the pasturing of stock, and the cutting of wood.

Keywords: Scotland; woods; timber; planting; protection

Chapter.  11305 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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