Article VII written by Alexander Gunn aka A Native of Badbea was printed in the Northern Ensign on 6 November 1879. Part C A Chance for Improving Landlords
Alexander Gunn for years challenged the changes in land use and the resultant impact these had on groups of people in the Scottish Highlands. His family had first hand experience of evictions from Badbea and he was witness to the large estates being used to gratify the whims of the proprietors. The estate of Langwell had traditionally provided the the space for hundreds of crofters to live and rear their families. While many were now suffering extreme hardship with loss of cultivatable land, the landed gentry having removed people for sheep now removed the sheep and were engaged in the sport of shooting vast numbers of game. The following extracts from newspapers illustrate this point.
Dundee Courier and Argus 19 Sep 1863
Aberdeen Evening Express 10 Nov 1886
A red grouse
|Young stags near Langwell|