Born on the NORTH SHORE, Cape Breton,Kate Margaret (KIT) was married in Sept. 1932 in Truro,Nova Scotia, to Douglas BAYER.Moving to Sydney, they had 2 children .. Frank and Ian. Below....Doug Bayer THIRD GENERATION 21. Kate Margaret MAC DONALD (photo) was born in Indian Brook, North Shore, NS. She died in Sydney,NS. She was married to Douglas BAYER in Sep 1932 in Truro,NS. Douglas BAYER (photo) was born on Jan 13 1906 in Sydney,NS. Birth and marriage information received from Doug,1997, March 29th Kate Margaret MAC DONALD and Douglas BAYER had the following children: +40 i. Frank BAYER. +41 ii. Ian BAYER.
A brutal legacy of the late
18th and early 19th
centuries is still etched in
the minds of the people of
the Highlands today.
During what became known as the ''Highland Clearances'', tens of thousands of men,
women and children were evicted, often violently, from their homes to make way for large
scale sheep farming.
In some areas, whole glens were cleared, which today are as silent as they must have been
when the landlord's factors had finished ruthlessly carrying out the orders of their masters.
Homes were burnt and tenants forced to leave at the point of a sword or musket, carrying
little or nothing as they headed towards a life of poverty and hunger.
There were two distinct types
of 'clearance'. The first was
forced settlement on barren
land usually near the sea. The
crofts, as these plots of land
became known, had very poor
agricultural potential which
the gentry wrongly assumed
would be compensated for by
fishing and seaweed
harvesting, or kelping as it
The second type of 'clearance' was often prompted by the failure of the crofts to produce a
living for the Highlanders. It was a hopeless situation for many. The sheer number of
people pushed to the coast coupled with huge rent increases, over-fishing and over-kelping
resulted in destitution and starvation. When, in 1846, the potato crop failed many were left
with no alternative but to migrate south or emigrate to the colonies.
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