Sir Tom Devine

The Clearances and the Scottish People

Eighteenth-century Scotland is famed for generating many of the enlightened ideas which helped to shape the modern world but many Scots lost everything in a time of violent change, as traditional ways of life were overturned. The Clearances undoubtedly helped shape the nation we know today, but historians have struggled to define what happened. That is until Sir Tom Devine, one of Scotland’s leading historians, decided to bring his authoritative voice to the subject.

Conjuring the voices of the dispossessed and exploding myths about this defining period for Scotland and its people, Sir Tom joins us at Winter Words to tell us how he used the experience gained in his long and distinguished career to understand and reveal the experience of the poor during an era of unprecedented transformation.

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