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Deserted cottages due to the Clearances?...

The Shetland Clearances started in the 1820’s and occurred again in the 1870’s, when many thousands of people left the islands. However, not all the emigration was forced. During the 1840’s the potato blight (fungus) that hit Ireland and the Highlands also reached Shetland and the famine and poverty here was devastating.

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A dark and dusty corner of my mind

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  • Uploaded on August 26, 2011
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    by Free Wheels
    • Camera: Canon EOS 450D
    • Taken on 2009/05/01 13:41:44
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 44.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/9.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100