Voices from the Hill

In Scotland’s Highland Clearances of the 19th century landowners evicted hundreds of families to make way for sheep farms. A laird in Wester Ross, Sir Francis Mackenzie, and his younger brother would take no part in the Clearances. While cruel evictions were being made on neighbouring estates and in the Hebrides the brothers were planning new townships for their crofters to give them more land, security of tenure and better living conditions. Peter Crookston tells the story of this unique experiment and describes the lives of crofters farming on the estate today.