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Given the land they were forced to work, the Hebridean crofter continuously struggled against adversity.

Back in the Day Feature - Crofters’ cruel harvest of ‘poverty and despair’

At the beginning of the 20th century, a crofter’s life was often one of hardship. It was a constant struggle to provide for a family on poor land while that had been worked for generations was given over to the better-off or claimed for sporting pursuits. Our sister paper, The Southern Reporter, ran a challenging feature in 1906, penned by a government surveyor, angered by the treatment meted out in Barra and South Uist by the estate owners and the inaction by rulers past and present.

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