The Escalation of Agitation

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 Escalation of Agitation

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The policy impact of the Napier Report was minimal but the effect of the public enquiry was to promulgate and intensify the expectation for land reform throughout the crofting areas. This heightening of the agitation from 1884 forced the crofters' grievances into the forum of national politics, a process which eventually led to the passing of the 1886 Crofters' Holdings (Scotland) Act. At the same time both ministers and elders were forced to respond to the escalation of the land reform campaign, not least when troops were sent to bolster the authority of the law.

Keywords: crofters' war; land reform; Napier Report; 1886 Crofters' Holdings (Scotland) Act

Chapter.  13254 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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