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Jacobites, Clearance and Scots

The Archaeology of Eighteenth Century Scotland

*9th to 23rd June 2018*

HARP will be continuing our investigation of 18th Century Highland Scotland in 2018. The project will focus on the changing social and cultural landscapes of Scotland at this time, and aims to record the historical and archaeological sites dating to this period. The location of the project is inspired by a series of historical ‘Grand Tours’ that were being undertaken in Scotland at that time by a number of individuals, including Thomas Pennant’s tours of the Highlands, Joseph Banks tour to Staffa and Johnson and Boswell’s tour to the Hebrides.

The Tours were often facilitated by the construction of new military roads in Scotland, which were built in an attempt to ‘open up’ the Highlands following the Jacobite uprisings. These new roads were constructed by the likes of General Wade, and new mapping projects and surveys were undertaken by the likes of William Roy.  The project aims to follow the routes of these tours and military surveys to identify the changing landscape of the 18th Century, from the Jacobite uprisings, through to the coming of sheep and the start of the Highland Clearances. Our survey will identify and compare what was seen by the tourists and surveyors of the time compared to what can still be seen today.

The 2015 to 2017 projects focused on sections of the routes undertaken by Pococke in 1760 (Blair Castle to Crieff via General Wade’s Military Road), and De Saint-Fond in 1784 (Kenmore to Dunkeld via Aberfeldy). Pococke visited Blair Castle, and both of these tours visited Taymouth Castle and its grounds, where the Earls of Breadalbane were significant figures in this period of Scotland’s history. The survey traced and recorded, by historical research, photography, technical drawing, building recording and GIS, the visible remains of these routes including sections of Wade’s Road and its bridges. 

Along with visiting the historical remains of an integral part of Scotland’s history, participants of the field school received training in historical research, historic map analysis, archaeological field survey, monument recording, GIS training, Photographic survey and Historic Building survey.

The 2018 field school will continue the work carried out in 2015 to 2017 and will provide the same training as previously.  It will be based in the Perthshire and Tayside region of the Central Highlands, with accommodation provided in Glen Tilt, near Blair Atholl. We will be staying in a traditional, luxury, hunting lodge on the Atholl Estate, providing a great opportunity to experience the Scottish Highlands. 

The cost for the 2018 field school are £750 (GBP) per person and will include all training, accommodation, meals, and transport during the project. A limited number of transfers will also be available to and from Edinburgh/Edinburgh Airport.  For more information on the field school or to apply for a place please contact us or download the application form below.

As part of this field school we will be delivering a series of community events including a free guided tour and site open day to help allow people to become actively involved in their local heritage. We have launched a new funding page to help support this project, and to help deliver a series of community events following the completion of the field school. You can help support the project and receive some fantastic rewards in doing so, visit our Support pages to find out more.


"I came to gain more experience in survey and to learn GIS, and I did. The staff are so friendly, knowledgeable, and understanding, it never felt uncomfortable asking questions." 

"I learned so much and it was a fantastic mix of fieldwork and data processing. You guys do such a great job of catering to the skill levels and needs of everyone!"

Harp Archaeology,
8 Sep 2017, 02:13