Whisky, Wars, Riots and Murder: Crime in the 19th Century Highlands and Islands
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Although the nineteenth-century elite looked on the Highlands and Islands as a sporting paradise, for the indigenous population it was a turbulent place. Even the Hebridean seas had their dangers while the islands seethed with discontent. This title reveals the reality behind the facade of romantic tartan and vast estates.
mass evictions, but in other places in the Highlands rioting seemed to be a way of life. Rioting Troubles Beauly, February 1847. During the destitution years of the Hungry Forties there was a ship loaded to carry grain away from the town. Fearing starvation, the local people objected. When a number of carts arrived to carry away the grain, the people grabbed control of them and threw one over the edge of the quay. The drivers backed away quickly and called for help. The authorities reacted by
smithy. The bystanders watched, shrugged and continued with their own lives. It had been a minor incident and they thought it was closed and forgotten. Ferguson, however, was not finished yet. To be dismissed with such contempt rankled. He was outside for only a few moments before he returned, reached inside his pocket and produced a knife, with which he attacked Munro. There was no warning and little chance for Munro to defend himself. The officer backed off and cracked the knuckles of
Roman Catholic.’ Of course the priest was very pleased to hear that and grasped his opportunity, but Elenora was a bit concerned. She knew her husband was not himself, for if he was rational he would not have considered such a thing. Elenora thought this new desire was ‘nonsense’ but did not interfere as Macdonald had Ross say some prayers and kiss a ribbon. As the priest began to move onto more elaborate matters, Elenora stepped into the room and called a halt. Macdonald did not object and left
called The North British Daily Mail sent a reporter to Lewis and started a fund to relieve the poverty. Sympathisers in Scotland and descendants of those exiled in the Clearances contributed until the sum totalled more than �4,000, but in the meantime, the arrested men travelled to Edinburgh to face their trial. The Lord Justice Clerk summoned up the case very much on the side of the landowners, but also stated that deer and grouse were wild animals and not private property. The jury found all
small of stature and fluent in French and German. He looked as if he may have been an ex-army officer, as he carried himself well and spoke with authority. He was not shy, and befriended a number of people, including Sergeant Miller of the Thurso Police. The luggage theft was news for a while, but was forgotten after a few days. Interest was revived in October when Sir Charles reminded the world that his possessions had never been recovered. He had induced the local landowners to grant him