“The one exception to all that activity is Glen Cassley,” said Robertson. “I have very little to do there. It doesn’t change and nothing much happens there to require new mapping.”
There are four Marilyns (Beinn an Eoin, 544m; Maovally, 511m; Beinn Sgeireach, 476m; and Creag Dhubh Bheag, 472m) but Marilyn-bagging is a bit of a niche sport.
At the beginning of 1820 Hugh Munro [laird of Novar, no relation to Hugh Munro the mountaineer] made it known that he proposed to clear his estates at Culrain and to place the land under sheep. … It was beautiful, too, a green valley floor watered by the black run of the River Oykel, rich pastures rising in gentle slopes to the south. … Between five and six hundred people were to be evicted, and according to their minister a hundred of them were aged and bedridden. The rents of Strath Oykel had been steadily increasing. One township of three farms, for example, supporting nine tenants and sharing a hundred acres of meadow by the river with muir-pasture to the west, had once paid a total annual rent of £9 sterling. This had been increased to £30. When the tenants first heard that their laird proposed to evict them they offered to pay five per cent more, hoping that this and the fact that they had never been in arrears would persuade him to change his mind. But Major Forbes of Melness, who wished to lease part of Strath Oykel for a sheep-walk had offered £100, and young Novar, who had ambitions to be an art-collector, needed the money. On 2 February 1820, the laird's law-agent, with the statutory Witnesses, arrived in the valley to serve Writs of Removal on all the tenants and their dependents, warning them to be ready to quit by Whitsunday.
But Major Forbes of Melness, who wished to lease part of Strath Oykel for a sheep-walk had offered £100, and young Novar, who had ambitions to be an art-collector, needed the money.
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