The Highland Clearances (part one)


18-11-2020 • 1 hora

In 1746, thousands of Jacobite soldiers were killed during a battle against the British at Culloden. One hundred years later, the clans are virtually gone, towns and villages have disappeared, and the highlands are owned by a handful of monied gentry. Today, only a pitiful few people own the millions of acres of land in Scotland, so what happened, and why? In the first of this two-part special, let's examine the Highland Clearances to find out the history of this extremely emotive part of Scottish history, what it means, and who, if anyone, is to blame.

Interviews with:

  • Dr Nicola Martin, historian from the University of the Highlands and Islands, specialising on British imperialism and highland culture.
  • Dr Jim Hunter, historian from the University of the Highlands and Islands, and author of fourteen books on highland history and clearance.
  • Dr Domhnall Uilleam Stiubhart, senior lecturer at Sabhal Mór Ostaig at the University of the Highland and Islands about Gaelic culture and highland history.
  • Dr David Alston, historian and author with a research interest in highland history and Scotland's involvement in the slave trade.
  • Dr Iain MacKinnon, historian and researcher for the centre of governance and land reform at Coventry University

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