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Politics, Presbyteries and ‘The Prophet’

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623822.003.0006
Politics, Presbyteries and ‘The Prophet’

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The Highland Land Law Reform Association (HLLRA) dominated political debate in the Highlands at the critical juncture when crofters were enfranchised in 1885. The combination of impassioned political argument, deeply held religious conviction, and exceptionally high turnout made the electioneering of that year memorable. Although the HLLRA movement itself has left little documentary evidence to posterity, an abundance of contemporary newspaper coverage affords a wide view of the main developments and events. In particular, the contribution of the man who became the leading clerical proponent of land reform can be noticed. But before examining the political campaign fought by the land reformers, this chapter first considers more closely the relationship which existed between the HLLRA and the ministers.

Keywords: Highland Land Law Reform Association; crofters; enfranchisement; land reform

Chapter.  10719 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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