THOMSON, William P.L.
Title: Little General and the Rousay Crifters : Crisis and Conflict on an Orkney Crofting Estate. in dustjacket
Publisher:  John Donald Publishers Ltd, Edinburgh, 1991, ISBN:0857960626
Seller ID: 105709
THOMSON, William P.L. The Little General and the Rousay Crifters : Crisis and Conflict on an Orkney Crofting Estate. Edinburgh : John Donald Publishers Ltd, (1991). Pp (4),v-x,1-234,+ 8 pp plates. Tables. Figures. Index. 8vo,blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "This book studies the estate of Gene ral Burroughs in the island of Rousay, 1840-1890, during the transition from a peasant economy to what was essentially the modern system of farming. The proprietor of the estate had the reputation of being the worst of the Orkney lairds and change was particularly traumatic with crofters and cottarsthe victims of ruthless improvement. Conflict came with the visit of the R oyal Commission whose findings were to lead to the Crofters Act. Burroughs evicted those tenants who gave evidence to the Commission, and with tensions running high a gunboat was sent to keep the peace. Burroughs would have driven every crorter from his estate had not the Crofters Act prevented him but the crofters challenged the laird's right to control the social and economic life of the island and this book studies in detail this very public war." (from the dj). Contents : 1. Homecoming, 1870. 2. The Family in India.3. Early Development of the Estate. 4. The Age of Improvement. 5. The Quan dale and Westness Clearances. 6. -Lucknow. 7. Rousay Society in the Years of Prosperity, 1870-1883. 8. Rack-Renting. 9. Money Problems and the Financing of Improvement. 10. The Napier Commission. 11. Trouble in Rousay. 12. Support for the Crofters. 13. The Crofters Act. 14. The War Against the Crofters. 15. Rousay Divided. 16. Rousay Churches. 17. The School Board Affair. 18. Finale. Name, else very good in unclipped dustjacket. 30.00