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TITLE
Sentence of Banishment for driving away sheep, 1792
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB232_L_INV_HC_11_38_03
PERIOD
1790s
SOURCE
Highland Archive Centre
ASSET ID
5809
KEYWORDS
law and order
crimes
punishments
criminals
sentences
transportation
Highland Clearances
Sentence of Banishment for driving away sheep, 1792

This document relates to the Ross-shire sheep riots of 1792, 'the year of the sheep'.
It sentences six men convicted of driving sheep away from the land they were on. Hugh Breck MacKenzie and John Aird are to be transported for seven years 'beyond seas to such places as his majesty...shall appoint'. They were forbidden to return to Britain during the seven years, starting from the day they left, and if discovered in the country they would be sentenced to death. Malcolm Ross (alias MacRob) was to be fined £50 and detained in prison for a month. Alexander MacKay and Donald Munro alias (Roy) were to be banished from Scotland for the rest of their lives. William Cunningham was to be detained in prison for three months.

The protesters were opposing landowners in the Highlands who were beginning to realise that large-scale sheep farming was much more profitable than renting out their land to individual tenants


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Sentence of Banishment for driving away sheep, 1792

1790s

law and order; crimes; punishments; criminals; sentences; transportation; Highland Clearances

Highland Archive Centre

Inverness County Sheriff Court Records

This document relates to the Ross-shire sheep riots of 1792, 'the year of the sheep'. <br /> It sentences six men convicted of driving sheep away from the land they were on. Hugh Breck MacKenzie and John Aird are to be transported for seven years 'beyond seas to such places as his majesty...shall appoint'. They were forbidden to return to Britain during the seven years, starting from the day they left, and if discovered in the country they would be sentenced to death. Malcolm Ross (alias MacRob) was to be fined £50 and detained in prison for a month. Alexander MacKay and Donald Munro alias (Roy) were to be banished from Scotland for the rest of their lives. William Cunningham was to be detained in prison for three months.<br /> <br /> The protesters were opposing landowners in the Highlands who were beginning to realise that large-scale sheep farming was much more profitable than renting out their land to individual 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