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“The wives are to hold the fort
while their husbands are in prison”
Legacies of land seizure at West Harris, 1925

On 1 March 1926 a group of men walked onto Scaristaveg and declared possession of land on the farm. This was the first in a sequence of events that became one of the longest and most important of over 400 individual acts of protest that together comprise the later Highland Land wars. The Scaristaveg land invasion lasted for almost four years and ulti-mately led to two of the raiders being settled on land at Luskentyre, West Harris. This talk, researched in conjunction with the West Harris Trust, will discuss events at West Harris and set these in the context of the Highland Land Wars more generally. The talk will con-clude that the legacy of land seizure is the current community land buyout movement, of which the Trust is such a vivid example.
Iain Robertson is Reader in History at the Centre for History, University of the Highlands and Islands. He has published extensively on events of land disturbance in the Highlands and Islands and is author of Landscapes of protest in the Scottish highlands after 1914: The later highland land wars.

Join us online on Friday 27 November at 7pm for a talk by Dr Iain Robertson

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