The people of Aoineadh Mór were tenant farmers. They did not own the land they farmed, they rented it. In 1824 Christina Stewart, the new landowner, forced the villagers to leave their homes. The reason for this was simply profit; replacing tenants for sheep farming.
"When we got the 'summons to quit', we thought it was only for getting an increase of rent, and this we willingly offered; but permission to stay we got not." Mary Cameron's eviction account to Minister Norman MacLeod, in Glasgow (translated from Gaelic). Recorded in P. Gaskell (1968) Morvern Transformed.
The police arrived and began to move people from their homes. Mary's family had to make a difficult walk across the hills. At the top of Knock-nan-Carn (Hill of Cairns), they looked back on the destruction of their homes by the people who had forced them to leave.
"The hissing of the fire on the flag of the hearth as they were drowning it, reached my heart. We could not get even a bothy in the country; therefore we had nothing for it but to face the land of the strangers (The Lowlands)" Mary Cameron's eviction account to Minister Norman Macleod, in Glasgow (translated from Gaelic).
Anne Sinclair reads the story of Mary Cameron's account of the eviction of her family from Aoineadh Mór in English and Gaelic.
- The eviction from Aoineadh Mor - English (mp3)
- The eviction from Aoineadh Mor transcript - English (pdf 352k)
- The eviction from Aoineadh Mor - Gaelic (mp3)
- The eviction from Aoineadh Mor transcript - Gaelic (pdf 345k)
Two commemorative walks take you to the settlement. These walks have been named in honour of the journey made by Mary and her husband James, carrying their children.