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HIGHLAND CLEARANCES, THE

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In the aftermath of the battle of Culloden, the Highlanders suffered at the hands of their own clan chiefs. John Prebble recounts how the Highlanders were deserted and then betrayed into famine and poverty. While their chiefs grew rich on meat and wool, the people died of cholera and starvation or, evicted from the glens to make way for sheep, were forced to emigrate to foreign lands.