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The Lowland Clearances: Scotland's Silent Revolution, 1760���1830

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Arising out of research for an acclaimed BBC Scotland series broadcast in 2003, this book addresses the phenomenon of the Lowland Clearances. Covering the events that were known at the time and have been referred to by historians since as "The Age of Improvement," this book reveals that what actually took place was a wholesale revolution in agriculture. Detailed is how ove ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Tuckwell Press, Ltd. (first published April 1st 2003)
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Dec 02, 2016 Fiona rated it liked it
The Highland Clearances are infamous for their cruelty and the great numbers that were thrown off their land, many to leave Scotland forever on assisted passages to North America whether they wanted to go or not. The Lowland Clearances add a fairly new dimension to this process but the actual numbers who emigrated because of land enclosures, loss of tenancies and livelihoods, were far greater. It's just that the process was slower and the people left gradually over a long period of time. Their r ...more
Most interesting read. Redresses the balance as most books about land clearances in Scotland focus on the Highland Clearances.

Particularly fascinating for me for the reason that the Hamilton Estate Papers are often quoted. A collection of these papers are on loan from the Duke of Hamilton and are managed by South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture Ltd Libraries and Museums. They are kept at the Town House Library in Hamilton.

Among the major legacies of the clearances in the Lowlands are the diasp
Feb 25, 2016 Steve rated it really liked it
Very well researched and balanced insight into the 'improvements' or Lowland Clearances which did not draw the same shock and awe historical perspective as the Highland Clearances. I particularly enjoyed the historical context in which the writer sets the unraveling of events - for example, the French Revolution as well as the Industrial and Agricultural revolutions. I'll look at the lowland countryside around me in a new light.
John Fullerton
Feb 25, 2016 John Fullerton rated it really liked it
Highly readable and written with a lively intelligence and curiosity, this is an engaging page-turner of great educational and historical value and, considering the emotive nature of the 'ethnic cleansing' of Scotland, extraordinarily even-handed and open-minded, embracing many different views. I found it fascinating, and it filled a yawning gap in my knowledge of Scotland, especially Lowland Scotland. Congratulations to the publishers on reissuing the book.
Graeme Purves
Jul 05, 2016 Graeme Purves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scottish-history
This fascinating book tells the story of how the agricultural improvements promoted by Scotland's landowners forced large numbers of people off the land across the Lowlands in the period between 1760 and 1830.
Feb 22, 2016 Mo rated it really liked it
A interesting period of social history . This book was apparently written together with a radio series and takes evidence from many academics. An excellent book with limited appeal though.
Marcas Brian MacStiofáin Ó Mhaitiú Ó Domhnaill
an amazing book, showing light an scotlands hidden history
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