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One of the most infamous episodes in Scottish history were the land clearances of the mid 19th century when landlords threw tenants off the land where families had lived for long periods of time, often centuries. The purpose was to allow larger scale farming.
The Orkneys were largely spared except for on the island of Rousay to the north of the Mainland island. Many moved to places such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
These three photos show one such abandoned settlement with closes up of 2 buildings and a more distant panoramic view of the settlement.
As this settlement was near the shore it is possible that as well as farming the people there may well have been kelp gatherers.

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Additional Photos by Ian Fegent (ifege) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3233 W: 101 N: 9654] (41051)
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