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‘Blessed are Those who Expect Little, for They Shall not be Disappointed’: Alleged and Actual Irish Involvement in the Development of the ‘Crofters’ War’, 1877–1880

Andrew G. Newby

in Ireland, Radicalism, and the Scottish Highlands, c.1870-1912

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748623754
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653645 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623754.003.0011
‘Blessed are Those who Expect Little, for They Shall not be Disappointed’: Alleged and Actual Irish Involvement in the Development of the ‘Crofters’ War’, 1877–1880

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The growing politicisation of urban Gaels began to create some disquiet in the Highlands. Having initially welcomed the debate on peasant proprietary, the Oban Times retreated somewhat, and in 1877 ran an editorial expressing concern at the apparent desire to establish a ‘tenant right’ movement in the Highlands. It questioned the motives of the Glasgow-based agitators, and also denied that any such movement could bring about benefits to the crofters, arguing that ‘union without any object is simply nonsense; and none of the speakers at these social gatherings dropped the least hint as to what the union they were so eloquent about was intended to accomplish’. Stressing the importance of the individual, and the good fortune of the Highlanders in having the opportunity of migrating to the ‘second city of the empire’, the piece concluded by hoping that urban Gaels would cease from giving ‘worthless’ advice to the Highlanders at home.

Keywords: politicization; urban Gaels; Highlands; tenant right; crofters

Chapter.  9733 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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