Managing the woods before 1770

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:
Managing the woods before 1770

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This chapter discusses woodland management before 1770. The first sustained run of records relating to woodland management in Scotland are those of the Cistercian abbey of Coupar Angus in Perthshire between 1471 and 1558. They are worth looking at closely, for they probably reflect much earlier medieval practice for which the evidence has disappeared: conversely, they show a management approach that was to continue in many respects until after the middle of the eighteenth century. Several woods on the monastic estate are mentioned, but the most important were those of Campsie, on a pleasant and profitable grange on the banks of the Tay, where the abbot had a house and a chapel. By the fifteenth century the lands were rented out to secular tenants, but the buildings were retained to act as a resort or a rest-house for the monks.

Keywords: woodland management; Scotland; Coupar Angus; Cistercian abbey

Chapter.  14705 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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