In his new book, Set Adrift Upon the World, Prof James Hunter (University of the Highlands & Islands) gives a voice to the men, women and children forced into migration by the Highland Clearances. Prof Hunter meticulously examines the destruction caused by the forced evictions of thousands of tenant farmers in Sutherland during the nineteenth Century. The book also reconstructs their remarkable journeys to North American and their struggle for survival in the face of tragedy and disaster.
James Hunter is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of the Highlands and Islands. He has written extensively about the north of Scotland and about the region’s worldwide diaspora. In the course of a varied career Hunter has been, among other things, director of the Scottish Crofters Union, chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise and an award-winning journalist.
Set Adrift Upon the World: The Sutherland Clearances, by Prof James Hunter (Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2015).
Part of Prof Hunter's research was funded by a Carnegie Research Grant.