14 May 2018
‘Land Legacies: the enduring impact of the First World War on Highland land issues’
Talk by Iain Robertson, UHI Centre for History
Dingwall Community Centre. (Note different venue than those of other ARCH talks in 2018) Suggested donation £3
It is hard to identify a time when land was not an issue and source of tension in the Highlands. At times, over a remarkably long period, those tensions erupted into outright conflict. Even war failed to bring a halt to the agitation of crofters and cottars for land and once serviceman began returning after November 1918 disturbances erupted on a major scale. But these were changed times and there were changed attitudes on all sides. Total war played a major part in generating those changes and in forcing the government to react in the way that it did. This talk will suggest, and hope to demonstrate that one of the most significant positive legacies of WW1, one that endures to the present day, are the crofting townships reinvigorated and rebuilt as a direct consequence of the immediate post-war land disturbances.
Note: this is the talk postponed due to the poor weather in Februarymore details »