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The Irish and Glenorchy, 1721–40

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612413.003.0013
The Irish and Glenorchy, 1721–40

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This chapter examines how woodland management decisions worked out on the ground with a case study of the felling of pine and oakwoods in the West Highlands – one of the most obvious aspects of the comprehensive exploitation of the area which took off in the eighteenth century. The situation involved three main groups of players: the owners of the woods, often short of cash; their tenants who had utilised the timber resource for many aspects of their daily lives from time immemorial; and the ‘foreign’ commercial interests who provided a new dimension to woodland history from the late seventeenth century onwards. The relationships between them were complex. Each of these groups had claimed for themselves a prominent role in maintaining and preserving the woodland resource; equally, they had each also been blamed for destroying it. This chapter focuses on one particular group of outsiders, a partnership of Irishmen operating in the 1720s and 1730s, about whom local feeling was explicit and unmistakably hostile.

Keywords: pine; oakwoods; West Highlands; outsides; Irishmen; woodland management; case study

Chapter.  9747 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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