Ian Jack: The Highland Clearances
7 March 2019
Show More The Scottish Clearances: A History of the Dispossessed 1600-1900 by T.M. Devine.
Allen Lane, 464 pp., £25, October 2018, 978 0 241 30410 5Show More
“... has become a shorthand for the common Scottish experience of emigration, by no means confined to the Highlands or to people who felt they had no choice (though the song implies the second). T.M.Devine noted memorably in an earlier book, The Scottish Nation: A History, 1700-2000, that, in terms of emigrants per head of population, Ireland, Norway and Scotland topped the league table of central and ...”