Highland migrants in the Scottish city
in Clanship to crofters’ war
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Research on the social and occupational patterns of Highland migrants in the nineteenth century city has revealed a more intriguing and complicated picture. It is clear that substantial migration only accelerated in the later eighteenth century as emerging employment opportunities in the growing urban areas combined with agrarian and demographic changes in the Highlands to increase the rate of outward movement considerably. The catholic Irish seem to have successfully preserved a subculture in the Scottish cities, much of it derived from a sense of shared religion and awareness of the overt hostility shown them by many in the host society. Gaelic services were a short-term means to a longer-term end, the successful adaptation of Highland migrants to urban life, and English speech was essential for that.

Clanship to crofters’ war

The social transformation of the Scottish Highlands


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