Highlanders were stripped of their weapons after a rebellion in 1715, and lost the right to wear Highland dress after the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Culloden marked the demise of their lifestyle and exposure to a new regime.
Crofting communities replaced traditional ones in the early 1800s. Agricultural change, forced land reform, population growth, hardship and famine throughout that century, saw thousands lose their livelihoods, become destitute, evicted from their homes, forced to emigrate or move elsewhere. The displacement and removal of people from Highland land during that time is known as the Highland Clearances.
This book describes how Gaelic people lived in the clan era, how their lives changed, how they became trapped in poverty and what was done to help them. It documents the impact landlords, the British Government and the church had on their lives. Their story is reflective of life all over the Highlands and islands of Scotland.