In the 1880s, Lord Napier conducted an investigation into the conditions that cottars and crofters found themselves in, in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Excessive rents, insecurity of tenure and summary evictions were the main complaints, which gave rise to civil unrest. The rising at Braes, Isle of Skye, prompted the establishment of a Royal Commission by Prime Minister William Gladstone.
Its findings have now been published on the Net by Lochaber College Mallaig. I would like to thank Westword, the monthly paper for Mallaig and area, for bringing this to general attention. The report is published as five PDF-files, which require Acrobat Reader to be installed on your computer. LCM is hosting the files on the servers of the UHI Millennium Institute, as they could not cope with the volume of traffic themselves.