The Little General and the Rousay Crofters: Crisis and Conflict on an Orkney Estate




      The Little General and the Rousay Crofters: Crisis and Conflict on an Orkney Estate
Burroughs had the reputation of one of the most brutal of all Orkney landlords and, in a time of great economic change, the harshness of hisactions made that change particularly traumatic.When the Royal Commission whose findings were to lead to the Crofters Act arrived, Burroughs acted in character He evicted any tenant whogave evidence to the Commission As tension mounted a gunboat arrived off Rousay to keep the peace As Burroughs tyranny mounted itbecame clear his intention was to drive every tenant off the estate and he was only prevented by the belated passing of the Crofters Act andeven a special Act of Parliament directed specifically against him.But both Burroughs and his tenants were rather unusual Burroughs acted entirely out of principle, often proving unyielding where a flexible approach would have yielded profit Out of a sense of honour he even withheld information regarding the minister, one of hismain enemies, which he could have used to destroy him His tenants too were unusual, for the Orkney farmer was a far richer and independent individual than the downtrodden crofters of the west coast It is an extraordinary and dramatic story told brilliantly by the author, a story full of great characters and incident, a story set against the dark gales of economic change which were to sweep away both landlordsand the communities they claimed to control At the end of the book Burroughs, once a national hero, now reviled, emerges as a much complex and human figure than history has painted him. Best Read [ The Little General and the Rousay Crofters: Crisis and Conflict on an Orkney Estate ] author [ William P L Thompson ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – heartforum.co.uk

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  • The Little General and the Rousay Crofters: Crisis and Conflict on an Orkney Estate
  • William P L Thompson
  • 20 June 2018
  • 1912476215

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