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TITLE
Comparative kelp prices, page 2
EXTERNAL ID
Z_CDT_20_MEP4491_1_2
DISTRICT
Skye
PERIOD
1800s
SOURCE
Clan Donald Library and Museum of the Isles
ASSET ID
2598
KEYWORDS
kelp
MacDonald
MacDonald of Clanranald
industry
sales
wars
landowners
agriculture
Comparative kelp prices, page 2

'Comparative view of kelp sales made on account of Lord MacDonald, and of the kelp sales made for behoof of Clanranald - in the years 1801, 1803, 1804 and 1805 being the only years the accounts of which have come under inspection.'

The kelp industry became very important to Highland landowners during the Napoleonic wars. Seaweed was collected, dried and burnt. The ash that was left contained chemicals that were used in a variety of industries including glass and soap production. The chemicals had originally been imported from Spain but the wars disrupted this. When the wars began in 1805 a ton of kelp ash sold for £2 but by 1800 a ton of ash was selling for £22.

Previously in the report a comparison of the takings of Lord MacDonald and MacDonald of Clanranald were detailed for a period of four years. It was noted that Lord MacDonald's takings were lower but that had he sold his kelp at the same price as Clanranald he would have had a higher taking.

The report continues by saying that it is due to differing marketing practices that there is this difference in income between the two estates.

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

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Comparative kelp prices, page 2

1800s

kelp; MacDonald; MacDonald of Clanranald; industry; sales; wars; landowners; agriculture

Clan Donald Library and Museum of the Isles

Clan Donald Library papers

'Comparative view of kelp sales made on account of Lord MacDonald, and of the kelp sales made for behoof of Clanranald - in the years 1801, 1803, 1804 and 1805 being the only years the accounts of which have come under inspection.'<br /> <br /> The kelp industry became very important to Highland landowners during the Napoleonic wars. Seaweed was collected, dried and burnt. The ash that was left contained chemicals that were used in a variety of industries including glass and soap production. The chemicals had originally been imported from Spain but the wars disrupted this. When the wars began in 1805 a ton of kelp ash sold for £2 but by 1800 a ton of ash was selling for £22.<br /> <br /> Previously in the report a comparison of the takings of Lord MacDonald and MacDonald of Clanranald were detailed for a period of four years. It was noted that Lord MacDonald's takings were lower but that had he sold his kelp at the same price as Clanranald he would have had a higher taking.<br /> <br /> The report continues by saying that it is due to differing marketing practices that there is this difference in income between the two estates.<br /> <br /> This manuscript is from the collection of the Clan Donald Library and Museum of the Isles, Isle of Skye