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TITLE
Clearances on the Sutherland Estate (2 of 3)
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_MFR_RODHOUSTON_04
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND
DATE OF RECORDING
1991
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Rod Houston
SOURCE
Moray Firth Radio
ASSET ID
1784
KEYWORDS
Improvers
crofters
audio

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The Highland Clearances is an emotive subject which has evoked much debate. Evictions on the Sutherland Estates, in particular, have attracted notoriety. In this audio extract, Rod Houston talks about the clearances in Sutherland. The extract is from Moray Firth Radio's 'Recollections' series.

'The estate certainly earned more money as a result of the Clearances. Social terms - massive dislocation of people. Not nearly as well organized as some people would argue. There are two things that strike me about the Clearances. One, can we measure this idea, what was it like? And if you go from the mid eighteenth century to the mid nineteenth century there was only a decade without a serious famine. By the turn of the nineteenth century the Clearances were moving. The only decade without a famine was the 1820s. Now significantly, that was the time that the fish landings at Helmsdale peaked, so maybe there was a temporary passing of, that, you know, we've moved the people down to the shoreline, they've had the option there, they had this temporary blend. But then, the Invergordon Smelter, we had a few years out of it and then what happened? Down it went'

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Clearances on the Sutherland Estate (2 of 3)

SUTHERLAND

1990s

Improvers; crofters; audio

Moray Firth Radio

MFR: Clearances

The Highland Clearances is an emotive subject which has evoked much debate. Evictions on the Sutherland Estates, in particular, have attracted notoriety. In this audio extract, Rod Houston talks about the clearances in Sutherland. The extract is from Moray Firth Radio's 'Recollections' series.<br /> <br /> 'The estate certainly earned more money as a result of the Clearances. Social terms - massive dislocation of people. Not nearly as well organized as some people would argue. There are two things that strike me about the Clearances. One, can we measure this idea, what was it like? And if you go from the mid eighteenth century to the mid nineteenth century there was only a decade without a serious famine. By the turn of the nineteenth century the Clearances were moving. The only decade without a famine was the 1820s. Now significantly, that was the time that the fish landings at Helmsdale peaked, so maybe there was a temporary passing of, that, you know, we've moved the people down to the shoreline, they've had the option there, they had this temporary blend. But then, the Invergordon Smelter, we had a few years out of it and then what happened? Down it went'