Toiling in the Vale of Tears: Everyday Life and Resistance in South Uist, Outer Hebrides, 1760-1860

@article{Symonds1999ToilingIT,
  title={Toiling in the Vale of Tears: Everyday Life and Resistance in South Uist, Outer Hebrides, 1760-1860},
  author={J. Symonds},
  journal={International Journal of Historical Archaeology},
  year={1999},
  volume={3},
  pages={101-122}
}
  • J. Symonds
  • Published 1999
  • History
  • International Journal of Historical Archaeology
Following the 1745 rebellion, agrarian capitalism rapidly transformed subsistence practices in the Outer Hebrides. Landowners increased rents, enclosed common lands, and replaced crofters and cattle with sheep-ranges. Population growth, the demise of the kelp industry, and crop failures compounded the problems of the peasantry. Widespread emigration commenced in the 1770s and peaked in the 1850s, when entire communities were exiled to British North America—the so-called Highland Clearances… Expand
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