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TITLE
Telegram from Mrs MacDonald to her husband, Alexander
EXTERNAL ID
Z_CDT_17_MEP4689_6
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Portree
DATE OF IMAGE
19 April 1882
PERIOD
1880s
SOURCE
Clan Donald Library and Museum of the Isles
ASSET ID
2583
KEYWORDS
Braes
Battle of Braes
crofters
crofts
evictions
Crofters War
factors
telegrams
Telegram from Mrs MacDonald to her husband, Alexander

The crofters in the Braes area of Skye refused to pay their rent until the landowner, Lord MacDonald, gave them back their traditional grazing land on Ben Lee. A Sheriff's Officer was sent to evict the leaders of the protest in April 1882 but the eviction notices were burned. Fifty policemen from Glasgow were sent to Skye to help but on their way from Portree to Braes the crofters met them armed with sticks and stones. A number of the crofters were arrested and tried in Inverness. They were convicted and fined.

There were a number of journalists at the trial, which gave the crofters' grievances a wider audience. This led to the setting up of the Napier Commission to investigate the crofters' situation. The Napier Commission then led to the Crofters' Holdings Act of 1886.

This telegram is from Mrs MacDonald to her husband Alexander, Lord MacDonald's Factor, about the police action at Braes. She says that there were some prisoners and that there had been excitement in the village but that is was now quiet.

This manuscript has been digitised from a collection of the Clan Donald Library and Museum of the Isles, Isle of Skye

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Telegram from Mrs MacDonald to her husband, Alexander

INVERNESS: Portree

1880s

Braes; Battle of Braes; crofters; crofts; evictions; Crofters War; factors; telegrams

Clan Donald Library and Museum of the Isles

Braes, Skye papers

The crofters in the Braes area of Skye refused to pay their rent until the landowner, Lord MacDonald, gave them back their traditional grazing land on Ben Lee. A Sheriff's Officer was sent to evict the leaders of the protest in April 1882 but the eviction notices were burned. Fifty policemen from Glasgow were sent to Skye to help but on their way from Portree to Braes the crofters met them armed with sticks and stones. A number of the crofters were arrested and tried in Inverness. They were convicted and fined.<br /> <br /> There were a number of journalists at the trial, which gave the crofters' grievances a wider audience. This led to the setting up of the Napier Commission to investigate the crofters' situation. The Napier Commission then led to the Crofters' Holdings Act of 1886.<br /> <br /> This telegram is from Mrs MacDonald to her husband Alexander, Lord MacDonald's Factor, about the police action at Braes. She says that there were some prisoners and that there had been excitement in the village but that is was now quiet.<br /> <br /> This manuscript has been digitised from a collection of the Clan Donald Library and Museum of the Isles, Isle of Skye