Celebration of the 1919 Land Settlement (Scotland) Act
The 1886 Crofters Act and the 2003 Land Reform (Scotland) Act are rightly celebrated as the key pieces of legislation addressing the Highland land issue. In December 1919, however, the coalition Government of David Lloyd George passed the Land Settlement (Scotland) Act, a landmark but under appreciated piece of legislation that made a huge impact on Highland land and society. The 1919 Act led directly to the creation of new crofting townships and the revival of existing ones. It created the conditions for the community buyout movement and part of its legacy remains the transformation of Highland landownership still evolving today. Despite its wide-reaching significance, the 1919 Act is neither as well-known nor celebrated as other land reform initiatives in Scottish history.
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Isle of Lewis
8 Remote access
£Registration and field trips free. Charge applicable for dinner.
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This event aims to go some way towards rectifying that anomaly and we aim to recognise and commemorate the centenary of this vital piece of legislation. Opening with a celebratory dinner the event will explore the significance and legacy of the 1919 Act through talks, posters, displays and field trips. The event will show that this was not an isolated response to war and changing times but was part of a global impetus aimed at the restoration of a sense of balance in social relations around land and land ownership.
Registration and field trips are made free by generous support from the Centre for Scotland’s Land Futures and the Historical Geography Research Group. The celebratory dinner will be charged at £25 - £30 per head.
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