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Petition of Robert Dundas to Lord Stonefield: content note
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB232_L_INV_HC_9_27II_01
DATE OF IMAGE
1792
PERIOD
1790s
SOURCE
Highland Archive Centre
ASSET ID
5761
KEYWORDS
court papers
court records
Petition of Robert Dundas to Lord Stonefield: content note

This is the content note of a petition made by Robert Dundas, Esq, His Majesty's Advocate for His Majesty's Interest, to Right Honourable Lord Stonefield, one of the Lords Commissioners of Justiciary, Judge on the Circuit at Inverness, for the arrest and imprisonment of John Ross, a tenant in Strathrusdale, along with his sons Alexander and John Ross, and Donald Munro alias MacAdie and his son William MacAdie. The accused are alleged to "have been guilty of illegally convocating, seizing upon and driving away various flocks of sheep".

The document relates to an incident in the Ross-shire Sheep Riots, later known as 'Bliadhna nan Caorach' ('Year of the Sheep'). On 27 July 1792, the Rosses of Strathrusdale were gathered at a wedding and resolved to carry out a previous threat to drive the sheep out. Four days later an estimated 400 men began driving sheep out of the Highland hills and by Saturday 6th August they had six thousand sheep or more heading towards Beauly. However, the military were on their way and in the early hours of the morning arrested a number of Rosses still out on the hill, and John Ross, Donald Munro and his sons who had returned home.

The Ross-shire riots represent the early stages of the Highland Clearances, when landowners were discovering that large-scale sheep farming was more profitable than renting out their land to tenants.


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Petition of Robert Dundas to Lord Stonefield: content note

1790s

court papers; court records

Highland Archive Centre

Inverness County Sheriff Court Records

This is the content note of a petition made by Robert Dundas, Esq, His Majesty's Advocate for His Majesty's Interest, to Right Honourable Lord Stonefield, one of the Lords Commissioners of Justiciary, Judge on the Circuit at Inverness, for the arrest and imprisonment of John Ross, a tenant in Strathrusdale, along with his sons Alexander and John Ross, and Donald Munro alias MacAdie and his son William MacAdie. The accused are alleged to "have been guilty of illegally convocating, seizing upon and driving away various flocks of sheep".<br /> <br /> The document relates to an incident in the Ross-shire Sheep Riots, later known as 'Bliadhna nan Caorach' ('Year of the Sheep'). On 27 July 1792, the Rosses of Strathrusdale were gathered at a wedding and resolved to carry out a previous threat to drive the sheep out. Four days later an estimated 400 men began driving sheep out of the Highland hills and by Saturday 6th August they had six thousand sheep or more heading towards Beauly. However, the military were on their way and in the early hours of the morning arrested a number of Rosses still out on the hill, and John Ross, Donald Munro and his sons who had returned home.<br /> <br /> The Ross-shire riots represent the early stages of the Highland Clearances, when landowners were discovering that large-scale sheep farming was more profitable than renting out their land to tenants. <br /> <br /> <br /> For further information about this item and the collection to which it belongs, please <a href="mailto: archives@highlifehighland.com">email</a> the Highland Archive Service