A History of Everyday Life in Scotland, 1800-1900 by Graeme Morton, Trevor Griffiths

By Graeme Morton, Trevor Griffiths

The authors discover the political, spiritual, and highbrow personality of Scottish existence, during which the intense impinged at the usual.

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Wars, most notably the Napoleonic Wars at the beginning of the century, impacted on all aspects of life, especially with the cessation of hostilities, which resulted in an economic depression in Britain. 17 War had also provided a source of employment for men, most notably from the Highlands, who otherwise may have had few 30 Mairi Stewart and Fiona Watson alternatives in their home territory. The expansion of the Empire also fuelled demand for goods and services, such as army personnel in volatile colonies such as India, or in creating the railways of many parts of the world.

26 The alteration of landscape is quite vividly expressed in comparing the plan for the farms of Ardvoile and Ballemore on north Lochtayside with the same area in 1861. In 1769, the impression is of an organic landscape on a pre-improvement model – essentially an infield– outfield system, based upon a contrast between land that was intensively cultivated and that from which the yield was more intermittent and marginal – whereas 100 years later the changes have been realised to the extent that there are rationalised systems of separate woodland and grassland management forming a rectilinear enclosed field system.

In 1769, the impression is of an organic landscape on a pre-improvement model – essentially an infield– outfield system, based upon a contrast between land that was intensively cultivated and that from which the yield was more intermittent and marginal – whereas 100 years later the changes have been realised to the extent that there are rationalised systems of separate woodland and grassland management forming a rectilinear enclosed field system. That the system prior to this was multi-use is demonstrated by the surveyor, Farquharson’s comment in 1769: ‘There are some outfields common to the whole farm .

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