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‘This will always be a problem in Highland history’: A Review of the Historiography of the Highland Clearances1

‘This will always be a problem in Highland history’: A Review of the Historiography of the... ‘THIS WILL ALWAYS BE A PROBLEM IN HIGHLAND HISTORY’: A REVIEW OF THE HISTORIOGRAPHY OF THE HIGHLAND CLEARANCES ANNIE TINDLEY Introduction: ‘a history of controversy and deep cleavage of feeling’ The past few years have seen major controversies in the West around the place and symbolism of historical statues, often of individuals who act as lightning rods for difficult national and colonial histories. One such statue can be found near the small town of Golspie in Sutherland, the so-called ‘Wee Mannie’ honouring the first duke of Sutherland in an inscription from his grateful tenantry. This statue has long focused the ire of those who remember the impact of the house of Sutherland in a very different way: as the most prominent perpetrators of the great tragedy of Scotland’s modern history, the Highland Clearances. This statue has become a conduit for the acrimonious debate – public, political and academic – about the Clearances; it has been attacked in print and in person and alternative statues have been raised. It has become one of the symbols of the disagreement about what the Clearances were, what they did and what that means today: as such it is a cultural cypher but also http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Scottish Historical Studies Edinburgh University Press

‘This will always be a problem in Highland history’: A Review of the Historiography of the Highland Clearances1

Journal of Scottish Historical Studies , Volume 41 (2): 14 – Nov 1, 2021

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Edinburgh University Press
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Copyright © Edinburgh University Press
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1748-538X
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1755-1749
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10.3366/jshs.2021.0329
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‘THIS WILL ALWAYS BE A PROBLEM IN HIGHLAND HISTORY’: A REVIEW OF THE HISTORIOGRAPHY OF THE HIGHLAND CLEARANCES ANNIE TINDLEY Introduction: ‘a history of controversy and deep cleavage of feeling’ The past few years have seen major controversies in the West around the place and symbolism of historical statues, often of individuals who act as lightning rods for difficult national and colonial histories. One such statue can be found near the small town of Golspie in Sutherland, the so-called ‘Wee Mannie’ honouring the first duke of Sutherland in an inscription from his grateful tenantry. This statue has long focused the ire of those who remember the impact of the house of Sutherland in a very different way: as the most prominent perpetrators of the great tragedy of Scotland’s modern history, the Highland Clearances. This statue has become a conduit for the acrimonious debate – public, political and academic – about the Clearances; it has been attacked in print and in person and alternative statues have been raised. It has become one of the symbols of the disagreement about what the Clearances were, what they did and what that means today: as such it is a cultural cypher but also

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Journal of Scottish Historical StudiesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2021

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