Old Photograph Crofters Planting Potatoes Isle Of Skye Scotland

Old photograph of Crofters planting potatoes on the Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland. The potato was a popular as a crop in the Highlands and Islands during the 18th century. It produced a better return than most other crops grown and by 1800 potatoes made up about 80% of the Highland and Islands diet. In the 1840s the failure of the potato crops due to a blight led to many people emigrating to avoid starvation.

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