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A Highland Clearance – by John Hodgson, RPT
This superb collection of turned vessels by good friend John Hodgson represents an eviction of two families during the infamous Clearances in the first half of the 19th century, of which Morvern saw many.
Patrick Sellar (1780 – 1851) is well known for clearing his lands to make way for sheep. Initially in Sutherland, as Factor for the Duke of Sutherland, he evicted 26 families comprising approximately 150 people from Strathnaver in 1814.
He purchased Acharn Estate in Morvern in 1838 and immediately evicted 44 families, of about 230 people. In 1841 he bought Ardtornish Estate and evicted a further four families. He was not the only landowner in Morvern involved in clearances, but possibly one of the most notorious.
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