Scotland from Culloden to 1945

Bernhard Maier

in The Celts

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780748616053
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672219 | DOI:
Scotland from Culloden to 1945

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This chapter traces the history of Scotland from Culloden to 1945. It details the transformation of the Highlands in the late eighteenth century when landowners, with the backing of the government and the military, moved increasingly to drive the crofters and day-labourers from their land in order to use it for the more profitable business of sheep-rearing. As a result of these ‘clearances’, broad swathes of land were left depopulated and the displaced inhabitants forced into poverty. The chapter then describes the works of James Macpherson and Sir Walter Scott, and discusses modern Gaelic literature.

Keywords: Highlands; James Macpherson; Sir Walter Scott; modern Gaelic literature

Chapter.  2579 words. 

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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