David S Forsyth

Separating the Sheep from the Men

The Scottish Clearances: A History of the Dispossessed, 1600–1900


Allen Lane 464pp £25 order from our bookshop

With the publication of The Scottish Clearances, T M Devine’s highly acclaimed Scottish history trilogy becomes a quartet. In this new book, he turns his forensic eye to one of the more contentious and resonant themes in modern Scottish historical studies: the clearances of the 18th and 19th centuries, which saw the large-scale eviction of poor subsistence farmers by landowners eager to put the land on which they lived to more profitable use.

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