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The Age of the Clearances

Eric Richards

in Debating the Highland Clearances

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780748621828
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672141 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621828.003.0003
The Age of the Clearances

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The first great surge of clearances began during the expansionary 1780s but then continued into the years of contraction and travail after Waterloo in 1815 when falling commodity prices squeezed all the previous optimism out of the Highland economy. The initial landlord assumption was that the people would be relocated and redeployed into new activities, usually along the coasts of the great estates. In the later phase the people were simply ousted without regard to alternative accommodation. The first step to eviction was the serving of a ‘Notice of Removal’ to a tenant. [35] The most infamous clearances entailed the wholesale displacement of traditional communities in sudden evacuations, but the exact circumstances were often complicated.

Keywords: Chronology; Evictions; Varieties

Chapter.  7374 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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