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The authors discover the political, spiritual, and highbrow personality of Scottish existence, within which the intense impinged at the traditional.
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The days of the drover, if not gone, were certainly numbered by the mid-nineteenth century. The robustness of the agricultural economy, the alteration in how farms operated and the use of new technologies may have ameliorated the effects of the weather, which had played a pivotal role in people’s everyday lives in the past. However, climate still played a part, especially in those areas where the economic base was already fragile. As will be discussed later, poor harvests, disease and famine would continue to haunt the Highlands in the nineteenth century.
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Abandonment did not take place overnight – many tenants hung on for decades, probably by taking on non-agricultural work. For example, a family of Mallochs attempted to convert outﬁeld to a permanent arable holding, perhaps in a way not dissimilar to settlers on the mid-western plains of North America, Land, the Landscape and People 35 though without the added problem of hostile indigenous assaults. Though we know little of the trials and tribulations of their attempts at colonisation other than periods of arrears, it must have been a struggle and the men of this particular family sought to supplement their agricultural income by becoming dykers.