Karen J. Cullen

in Famine in Scotland - the 'Ill Years' of the 1690s

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638871
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653508 | DOI:

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This chapter reviews the preceding discussions and presents some concluding thoughts. The famine of the 1690s was undoubtedly one of the most significant famines to have occurred in Scotland, in part because it was the last to occur nationally, but also because it contributed to the economic problems the country faced at the end of the seventeenth century and beginning of the eighteenth century. Its importance as a ‘disaster’ in this decade of crisis has hitherto been difficult to define since the economic, social and, to a lesser extent, demographic costs of the famine have not been thoroughly researched. This book has set out to provide an analysis of this under-researched event in Scottish history. Each theme — climate and weather, the grain market, demography, poverty and poor relief and migration — has been examined in greater detail than previously.

Keywords: Scotland; famine; climate; weather; grain market; demography; poverty; poor relief; migration

Chapter.  2540 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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