Lowland clearance book back in print

History buffs and land reform activists are celebrating following the success of an online petition to get a book about the Lowland Clearances back in print.

“The Lowland Clearances”, written by former BBC journalists Peter Aitchison and Andrew Cassell, was the subject of a talk by the authors at a sold out event organised by local history group “The Glenkens Story” in New Galloway’s CatStrand last November.

The books outlines how long before the Highland Clearances, there had been an uprising in Galloway against the first of the Lowland Clearances in 1724.

As the authors explained, the impact of the Lowland Clearances combined with that of the Highland Clearances mean we should describe this period of history as “the Scottish Clearances”.

Lucy Brown, from St John’s Town of Dalry, and Castle Douglas-based historian Alistair Livingston started an online petition asking the publisher Birlinn to reprint the Lowland Clearances book.

The petition rapidly attracted hundreds of signatures, receiving the support of esteemed Scottish historians including Professor Tom Devine and Neil Davidson, and MSPs such as Mike Russell, Joan McAlpine and John Finnie.

The book can be ordered from Birlinn books.