You also see as well though, in the Highlands in the Land League, there is a big conflict develops between the more liberal leadership which is very much tied to the Liberal Party and very much tied, as well, to the Free Church and a more radical leadership which ... I mean, some of it’s leaders are based in London but they have strong links with, particularly Angus Sutherland and he is much more on the radical wing of the ... very much pushes a secular approach and refuses to get sucked into the various Presbyterian struggles that are going there, so there is conflict and at one point ... I think I’d have to look at my working, I think it might be about 1891, the Highland Land League actually splits, and an attempt is made to try and form a more radical one but it fails, partly as a result of the crofter ... When the crofting legislation is passed, a significant section of crofters, if you like, made gains. The people that made the least gains, of course, are the cottars and people like that, so it was able to split that movement and it never takes off again. You see exactly the same thing in Ireland, actually once peasant proprietorship begins to be granted then the more radical wing of that movement becomes more isolated.

  • Allan Armstrong
Tuesday 25th May 2010