Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Unfit for independence

Landowner George Grant Mackay gives evidence to Lord Napier's Commission at Edinburgh on 22 October 1883. His attitudes to crofters are best summarised in this brief exchange with Lord Napier.

45180. These people are not fitted for independence ?
—They are not, I am sure of it. They are people who ought to be taken in hand by intelligent men and managed just as you would children.

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