- May 2017
Occurring in the hundred year period between the mid 1700's and the mid 1800's the Highland Clearances were a massive part of Scottish history. More than simply displacement of many poor and disadvantaged people, the clearances resulted in the almost complete devastation of the Scottish Gaelic culture. The Highland Clearances were also a continuation of the hundreds of years conflict between Anglo-England to the South and Gaelic Scotland and Ireland to the North and the West. These two cultures had been feuding since the dawn of the British Empire, and even before during the Medieval era. Many of the Highlanders evicted during this time were found to emigrate to Canada, the U.S.A., Australia and New Zealand.<br> The grief the Highlanders shared and continue to share about the destruction of their culture by foreign forces, the English, remains a means for their connection to the old Highlands and each other.
Richards, Eric. Debating the Highland Clearances. Edinburgh, UK. Edinburgh University Press, 2007