Balmorality Epoch Presentation for Road Scholar

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The Highland clearances, the Scottish diaspora to the new world, the Balmorality epoch - a presentation for Road Scholar travellers by Warwick Lister-Kaye of Aigas Field Centre. www.aigas.co.uk

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  • And this was the alternative being offered. Incredible new ideals that no-one had heard of before.People from Europe voted with their feet against feudalism – 10 million left!
  • Those who had left sent letters home telling people that it might be a good idea to also go out to the New World.Took a long time for the message to get through (people semi-literate) so was early 19th C before a lot of people decided to risk passage, and as late as the early 20th C (photograph)Crucial moment in 1842, potato blight in Ireland. 3 million died in one winter. People worried it would happen in the Highlands too, the House of Lords took 18 months for them to decide that landlords would be responsible for providing famine relief! Many decided it was cheaper to pay their passage to America than have to provide food every decade or so. As a measure of those who left; Strathglass in 1800 – 8342 people, 1900 – 311 people.
  • Release of human pressure caused fresh flush of grass on the carefully fertilised fields. Perfect for sheep. And they were brought in by the thousands in the ruins of previous communities.
  • Bonnie banks and braes – Robbie Burns
  • Moorland managed to provide new shoots amongst the leggy cover
  • Patchwork effect – erradicates other plants.
  • Brought back the beavers (demonstration project) to manage habitat
  • Balmorality Epoch Presentation for Road Scholar

    1. 1. The Balmorality Epoch by Warwick Lister-Kaye
    2. 2. Aigas Field Centre
    3. 3. AIGAS
    4. 4. ‘Gàidhealtachd’Land of the Gaels
    5. 5. Past & PresentCaledonianPine Forestdistributions
    6. 6. „None but a mad fool would have fought that day.‟ Simon, Lord Lovat, 1667-1747
    7. 7. George III, 1762
    8. 8. „Lochaber no more.‟ John Watson Nichol 1883
    9. 9. Thomas Jefferson 1800 AD "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against Thomas Jefferson every form of tyranny over the mind of man."“We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are createdequal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienablerights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.….That to secure these rights, we mutually pledge our lives, ourfortunes, and our sacred honor.” Declaration of Independence.
    10. 10. „Scotland has made a highly favourable impression on usboth. The country is really very „ beautiful, although severe and grand, perfect for sports of all kinds…‟ Prince Albert‟s diaries 1842
    11. 11. Albert Edward and Alfredby Sir William Ross, 1847
    12. 12. Restoration Ecology The challenge we all face.Rebuilding natural capital for future generations.
    13. 13. Aigas Field Centre Thank you...AigasFieldCentre @Aigas

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