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The last township that survived the Highland Clearances

The last township that survived the Highland Clearances
Alison Campsie
Published: 11:09 Updated: 11:23 Wednesday 26 July 2017

It is a remarkable window into old Scotland and a way of life lived for hundreds of years.

Auchindrain in Argyll, a scattering of cottages and longhouses south of Inverary, was first recorded more than 500 years ago.

It is now considered the last standing example of a Scottish township, where residents banded together in a joint tenancy and shared responsibility for paying the rent and working the land.

Today, it stands today much as it did in the late 1700s after surviving the Highland Clearances given its landowner, the Duke of Argyll, rejected advice to break down the township and turn the land into individual crofts.

Incredibly, the township survived until 1963 when the last tenant, Eddie McCallum, surrendered his tenancy with the Duke and left Auchindrain for good. His family had farmed there 1829.

More: https://www.scotsman.com/news/the-last-township-that-survived-the-highland-clearances-1-4514302

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