The Highland Clearances: Text Only Version: Meet the Clan
Meet the Clan MacAndrew and find out how they lived in the Highlands
of Scotland two hundred years ago.
"I am Callum MacAllan and I rented land in the village of Glenmorven.
Just enough to feed myself and my family. We did well enough. I
rented my land from the tacksman who rented the whole glen from
the Clan Chief himself. So you see, the tacksman was the tenant
and I was the sub-tenant farmer, or some would call me a crofter.
We spoke Gaelic then, most of us spoke no English at all."
"I am William, Chief of Clan MacAndrew. For hundreds of years
our clan lived on this land that belonged to me and my ancestors.
My clan was like a family to me, with me at the head and the clan
members my children. They liked to believe they were all related to
me but in fact they were not directly. They always did as I told them
because they knew that I only wanted what was best for them."
"I am Donald MacDavid. My father had a small farm in Glenmorven
and I lived there with my mother, and two sisters. We children helped
by milking the cows, feeding the hens and collecting their eggs. When
we weren't working, we went to the township school which was run by
my friend's mother. We were all happy until the changes came."
"Hello. My name is Mary MacTavish but I am usually called 'the
Widow MacTavish'. You see, my husband went off to fight for the British
Army in Canada and never came back. I was just a servant, paid to
look after the sub-tenant's potato patch. Life was hard for me and
my bairns but I managed to rent a very small patch of land to grow
vegetables for myself. People like me, we were called cottars."
"Good day. I am John MacAndrew, cousin of the Clan Chief of MacAndrew,
and Tacksman of the whole of Glenmorven. There were five villages
on that land, and I became quite a rich man renting the land to the
villagers. I made sure everything ran smoothly on the Chief's land.
There was a time when my grandfather would have led the villagers
into battle in the Clan Chief's army but things changed and the Chief
did not want fighting men any more, just their money!"
"Now that you have met others in my clan, travel back in time
with me to 1800,