Old Photograph Crofters Clipping Sheep Isle Of Skye Scotland

Old photograph of Crofters clipping Sheep on the Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland. In 1830 potato blight caused the crops to fail so tenant farmers, crofters, on Isle of Skye could not pay their rent. In turn the landowners who often also owned properties in London, could not maintain their standard of living. Sheep farming at that time was more profitable than tenants who couldn't pay rent so tenants were evicted. This was known as the Highland Clearances. Many crofters emigrated to America, Canada and Australia.

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