‘The Crofters’ War': Genesis 1880–3

Allan W. Maccoll

in Land, Faith and the Crofting Community

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623822
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653379 | DOI:
‘The Crofters’ War': Genesis 1880–3

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This chapter discusses the genesis of the ‘the crofters' war’. The first phase of the crofters' agitation witnessed a considerable level of ministerial involvement. From the outcry over the Leckmelm case aroused by John MacMillan, and the dearth which threatened the crofting communities in the winter and spring of 1881–2, a climate of sympathy towards the crofters was well established. The unrest on Skye caught many unawares — the island's ministers included — but was the catalyst for a thoroughgoing ministerial involvement with the land issue which lasted throughout the crofters' campaign.

Keywords: crofters' war; agitation; land reform; John MacMillan; Skye; ministerial involvement

Chapter.  14537 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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