Scots Roots

Slaggan, Wester Ross
January 22, 2016, 3:42 pm
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Slaggan 1Not really a clearance village as such, Slaggan can be found near the shores of Loch Ewe. The clan chief of the Mackenzies in Gairloch refused to evict his tenants during the clearances in the 19th century. As a result, cleared Highlanders from other communities made their way to Gairloch.

Slaggan 2However, by the 1930s the population had dwindled to only six people mainly because, as patterns of land use changed, fewer people were required in the agricultural economy.

Slaggan 3The gable ends of the more modern house seen in the photographs below are the remains of a dwelling built in 1936 but it burnt down in 1942 or 1943.

Slaggan 4

Slaggan 5


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wonderful photos and history!

Comment by the dune mouse

I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog. My husband is originally from Scotland. We spent a couple weeks there a few years back and I completely fell in love with the Borders and Edinburgh. We’re in the states, and haven’t had a chance to get back, so your photos are a balm.

Comment by Intricate Knot

Thanks. Glad you like them.

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