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TITLE
Eviction at Strath Fleet, Sutherland
EXTERNAL ID
AB_HIGHLANDERS_ON_THE_MOVE_01
PLACENAME
Strath Fleet
DISTRICT
Golspie, Rogart and Lairg
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Rogart
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Mr. J Campbell of Lairg
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1205
KEYWORDS
Lairg Episode
Highland Clearances
evictions
audios
emigration

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This extract is from a letter sent by Mr. J Campbell of Lairg, to the 'Inverness Courier' at the time of the Clearances. Mr. Campbell was witness to an eviction carried out at Strath Fleet, Sutherland. The extract is read by Roddy Maclean.

'They burned the rest of them; and this crofter's was the last. He pleaded hard to be left in the house till his wife was well. The factor did not heed him, but ordered the house to be burned over him. The crofter was in the house, determined not to quit until the fire compelled him. The factor told us the plan we were to take - namely, to cut the rafters and then set fire to the thatch. This we did, but I shall never forget the sight. The man, seeing it was now no use to persist, wrapped his wife in the blankets and brought her out. For two nights did that woman sleep in a sheep cot, and on the third, she gave birth to a son. That son, I believe, still lives, and is in America.'

This audio was produced for the schools' resource package, 'Highlanders on the Move', Am Baile's contribution to Homecoming Scotland 2009.

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Eviction at Strath Fleet, Sutherland

SUTHERLAND: Rogart

2000s

Lairg Episode; Highland Clearances; evictions; audios; emigration;

Am Baile

Am Baile: Highlanders on the Move

This extract is from a letter sent by Mr. J Campbell of Lairg, to the 'Inverness Courier' at the time of the Clearances. Mr. Campbell was witness to an eviction carried out at Strath Fleet, Sutherland. The extract is read by Roddy Maclean.<br /> <br /> 'They burned the rest of them; and this crofter's was the last. He pleaded hard to be left in the house till his wife was well. The factor did not heed him, but ordered the house to be burned over him. The crofter was in the house, determined not to quit until the fire compelled him. The factor told us the plan we were to take - namely, to cut the rafters and then set fire to the thatch. This we did, but I shall never forget the sight. The man, seeing it was now no use to persist, wrapped his wife in the blankets and brought her out. For two nights did that woman sleep in a sheep cot, and on the third, she gave birth to a son. That son, I believe, still lives, and is in America.'<br /> <br /> This audio was produced for the schools' resource package, 'Highlanders on the Move', Am Baile's contribution to Homecoming Scotland 2009.