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TITLE
George Granville, Duke of Sutherland
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_U242_P001
DATE OF IMAGE
1834
PERIOD
1830s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
38238
KEYWORDS
dukes
clearances
land reform
Sutherland
land use
George Granville, Duke of Sutherland

George Granville Leveson-Gower (1758-1833) was from a notable English family. He was a Member of Parliament between 1778-1784 and 1787-1798 and was also the British Ambassador in Paris from 1790-1792. However, in the Highlands he is remembered for something much more notorious.

In 1785 he married Elizabeth, Countess of Sutherland. He was appalled by the living conditions of the people in the interior of Sutherland and believed that the land could not sustain them in the long term. He initiated the resettlement of thousands of families along the Sutherland coast to make way for sheep in the interior. The Duke's factors were ruthless in their job, burning many houses and using brute force to move people. The Sutherland clearances were the most notorious of all the Highland Clearances in the 19th century.

He became a Duke in 1833 just before his death. He died at Dunrobin Castle and is buried in Dornoch Cathedral.

This illustration is from 'Memoir of George Granville, late Duke of Sutherland, KG', by James Loch

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George Granville, Duke of Sutherland

1830s

dukes; clearances; land reform; Sutherland; land use

Highland Libraries

George Granville Leveson-Gower (1758-1833) was from a notable English family. He was a Member of Parliament between 1778-1784 and 1787-1798 and was also the British Ambassador in Paris from 1790-1792. However, in the Highlands he is remembered for something much more notorious.<br /> <br /> In 1785 he married Elizabeth, Countess of Sutherland. He was appalled by the living conditions of the people in the interior of Sutherland and believed that the land could not sustain them in the long term. He initiated the resettlement of thousands of families along the Sutherland coast to make way for sheep in the interior. The Duke's factors were ruthless in their job, burning many houses and using brute force to move people. The Sutherland clearances were the most notorious of all the Highland Clearances in the 19th century.<br /> <br /> He became a Duke in 1833 just before his death. He died at Dunrobin Castle and is buried in Dornoch Cathedral.<br /> <br /> This illustration is from 'Memoir of George Granville, late Duke of Sutherland, KG', by James Loch