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Highland Clearances

The Highland Clearances The day will come when the big sheep will put the plough up in the rafters . . . The big sheep will overrun the country till they meet the northern sea . . . in the end, old men shall return from new lands.  The Brahan Seer ( 17th century Highland Prophet) In the 1780s Scotland was uneasy. The Leslies of Rogart lived through turbulent times as did others in Sutherlandshire. Sutherlandshire was not the base of the Leslie Clan who came from Aberdeenshire in the Lowlands. They may have moved north in the early seventeenth century when the Covenanters rebelled against Charles the First in the Battles of Dunbar and Hamilton or even earlier when the Scots were defeated at Flodden, 1615.   Many Scots were unhappy with the Union of 1707, uniting England and Scotland. They rose up unsuccessfully in 1715. They rose again in 1745 but lost in the Battle of Culloden. After Culloden, the wearing of Highland dress including tartan and kilt was banned. Bonnie Prince Charlie went over the …