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Topic - Land Access - Invercauld

Douglas Griffin - on 18 Jun 2013
Bit of a stramash at Invercauld when the factor found Andy Wightman (and his dog) having a picnic by the River Dee on Saturday just past.
Some very interesting discussion too.

An especially fine comment posted by the historian, Jim Hunter:
"This from a crofter at a Highland Land League meeting in Skye in 1884: ĎThe fish that was yesterday miles away from the land was claimed by the landlord the moment it reached the shore. And so also were the birds of the air as soon as they flew over his land. The law made it so, because landlords were themselves the lawmakers, and it was a wonder that the poor man was allowed to breathe the air of heaven and drink from the mountain stream without having the factors and the whole of the county police pursuing him as a thief.í Ö Since all thatís changed in the intervening 129 years is that you canít now let your dog cool down in a Highland river, we donít seem to be making much progress."
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