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TITLE
The Isle of Rum: A Short History (2 of 5)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_JOHNLOVE_02
PLACENAME
Rum
DISTRICT
Lochaber
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Small Isles
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
John Love
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2047
KEYWORDS
The Clearances
Rhum
audio

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John Love is perhaps best known for his efforts in achieving the return of the sea eagle to Scotland, on the Island of Rum, in 1975. He has also published various books and articles on the history and natural history of the Hebrides, including Rum and St Kilda. In this audio extract from 1983, Bill Sinclair talks to John about his recently-published book, 'The Isle of Rum: A Short History'.

Interviewer: Was the island completely evacuated during the time of the Clearances?

Yes. There were about 350 people living on the island at the time and all but one family were cleared off to Nova Scotia in 1826 and 1828; there were two clearances.

Interviewer: Why do you think one family was left behind?

It's difficult to know, but one of the sons of the family was met by one of the travellers who'd visited the island in 1880, and the old man told him that he was descended through eleven generations from the MacLeans of Coll who owned the island at that time. So probably he was exempt from the clearance because of his family connections

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The Isle of Rum: A Short History (2 of 5)

INVERNESS: Small Isles

1980s

The Clearances; Rhum; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: History of Rum

John Love is perhaps best known for his efforts in achieving the return of the sea eagle to Scotland, on the Island of Rum, in 1975. He has also published various books and articles on the history and natural history of the Hebrides, including Rum and St Kilda. In this audio extract from 1983, Bill Sinclair talks to John about his recently-published book, 'The Isle of Rum: A Short History'.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Was the island completely evacuated during the time of the Clearances?<br /> <br /> Yes. There were about 350 people living on the island at the time and all but one family were cleared off to Nova Scotia in 1826 and 1828; there were two clearances. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: Why do you think one family was left behind?<br /> <br /> It's difficult to know, but one of the sons of the family was met by one of the travellers who'd visited the island in 1880, and the old man told him that he was descended through eleven generations from the MacLeans of Coll who owned the island at that time. So probably he was exempt from the clearance because of his family connections