The Scottish Clearances: A History of the Dispossessed, 1600-1900

by T.M. Devine

Published by Penguin Random House, Penguin Press

Judges' Comments:

This book is based on four decades of research into Scottish history, and as such it provides a unique personal perspective as it re-evaluates the story – or stories – of the Clearances. This is an emotive period which still resonates today in Scotland and in the lands where forced and voluntary emigrants made their new homes.  This study skilfully navigates through this complex territory, returning constantly to the evidence – drawn from censuses, estate papers, church and court records, as well as the official reports to Parliament. This work sharpens the focus on Highland clearances through a careful comparative study with similar changes in the Lowlands of Scotland.


‘We’re delighted that this pioneering, myth-busting book, which examines one of the most controversial periods in Scottish history with a clear and empathetic eye, has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award.  Tom Devine is one of the great Scottish historians and we are proud to publish him.’

T.M. Devine:

‘I am grateful to the panel of the Saltire Society for recognising the research quality of The Scottish Clearances, for a book that is designed to appeal both to the academic community and the general reading public'