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TITLE
Skye Evictions, the Lord Advocate and the Coming Trials
EXTERNAL ID
Z_CDT_18_MEP4680_1
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Portree
PERIOD
1880s
SOURCE
Clan Donald Library and Museum of the Isles
ASSET ID
2586
KEYWORDS
Braes
Battle of Braes
crofters
crofts
evictions
Crofters War
posters
public meetings
trials
notices
law and order
Skye Evictions, the Lord Advocate and the Coming Trials

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.

The letter that makes up the main part of this poster is from Kenneth MacDonald, the solicitor for the accused crofters, to the Lord Advocate. The Lord Advocate has refused the crofters a trial by jury and has given no explanation. Mr MacDonald has written back to the Lord Advocate to set out his case as to why the crofters should get a jury trial.

There is also a public meeting called for Friday 5th May 1882 'to protest against arbitrary evictions in the Highlands.'

This manuscript is from the collection of the Clan Donald Library and Museum of the Isles, Isle of Skye

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Skye Evictions, the Lord Advocate and the Coming Trials

INVERNESS: Portree

1880s

Braes; Battle of Braes; crofters; crofts; evictions; Crofters War; posters; public meetings; trials; notices; law and order

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 /> The letter that makes up the main part of this poster is from Kenneth MacDonald, the solicitor for the accused crofters, to the Lord Advocate. The Lord Advocate has refused the crofters a trial by jury and has given no explanation. Mr MacDonald has written back to the Lord Advocate to set out his case as to why the crofters should get a jury trial.<br /> <br /> There is also a public meeting called for Friday 5th May 1882 'to protest against arbitrary evictions in the Highlands.'<br /> <br /> This manuscript is from the collection of the Clan Donald Library and Museum of the Isles, Isle of Skye