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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:39 pm    Post subject: Cornwall's own Highland Clearances Reply with quote

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In 1834, Augustus Smith acquired the lease on the Isles of Scilly from the Duchy of Cornwall for 20,000, and set about changing the islanders' way of life, expelling those who could not find a job locally and evicting some of the inhabitants of smaller islands, in a manner similar to that practiced in Scotland. In 1855, he expelled the ten inhabitants of Samson, in order to turn the island into a deer park. (The deer did not like the habitat, and escaped.)

Smith created the quasi-aristocratic title Lord Proprietor for himself, and, many of his actions were unpopular. However, it can be said that not all his actions were detrimental to the inhabitants, for example, besides building a new quay at Hugh Town on St. Mary's, he sowed gorse and trees to provide shelter for the agricultural land. He built schools on the well-inhabited islands.


You know in Scotland, we tend to consider these kinds of landlords monsters, and remember them for their cruelty and evictions. The Highland Clearances' wounds are still unhealed today, whether in Scotland, Canada etc. Not only this, but this supposed "philanthropist" as he dubbed himself, created his own title, and expelled unemployed people.

If he had done this in Ireland, he would have probably ended up shot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isles_of_Scilly#History
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