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TITLE
Thatched Crofts
EXTERNAL ID
PC_GLENURQUHART_HERITAGEGROUP_002
PLACENAME
Glenurquhart
DISTRICT
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Urquhart and Glenmoriston
DATE OF IMAGE
1910
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Glenurquhart Heritage Group
ASSET ID
22667
KEYWORDS
insulation
housing
accommodation
Thatched Crofts

From the early 19th Century until the middle of the 20th Century accommodation in Glenurquhart largely consisted of medium sized farm houses, known as crofts. The ones shown in the photograph are typical of those constructed at the turn of the century. The roofs are made of thatched heather, which provided strong insulation during the winter.

The movement of Scottish peasants towards crofting was largely the result of the Highland Clearances, where Scots were evicted from their larger farming communities.

A croft is a small-holding, and the 1886 Crofters Act, under the Gladstone government, gave the crofters special rights of tenure. It was in this year that the Crofters Commission was also established, to protect the rights of the Scottish Peasants who were being driven out of their land.

The depopulation of Scotland, through immigration abroad, was threatening to have a negative impact upon the nation, and so this legislation was of great importance.

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Thatched Crofts

INVERNESS: Urquhart and Glenmoriston

1910s

insulation; housing; accommodation

Glenurquhart Heritage Group

Glenurquhart Heritage Group (photographs)

From the early 19th Century until the middle of the 20th Century accommodation in Glenurquhart largely consisted of medium sized farm houses, known as crofts. The ones shown in the photograph are typical of those constructed at the turn of the century. The roofs are made of thatched heather, which provided strong insulation during the winter.<br /> <br /> The movement of Scottish peasants towards crofting was largely the result of the Highland Clearances, where Scots were evicted from their larger farming communities.<br /> <br /> A croft is a small-holding, and the 1886 Crofters Act, under the Gladstone government, gave the crofters special rights of tenure. It was in this year that the Crofters Commission was also established, to protect the rights of the Scottish Peasants who were being driven out of their land.<br /> <br /> The depopulation of Scotland, through immigration abroad, was threatening to have a negative impact upon the nation, and so this legislation was of great importance.