By Stephanie Kirkwood Walker

A photographic heritage of the associated towns of Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge, with photos from as early as 1880.

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The clan chief and tacksmen oversaw the working of the system, levying tribute, displaying generosity and hospitality, and organizing raids and defense. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries “improvers” saw the system as an obstacle to progress. 22 Highland and Indian societies revolved around clan and kinship, although the terms had some different meanings and things worked in dissimilar ways. The Gaelic term clann meant children or family and implied a kinship group that claimed descent from a common ancestor.

Tenant farmers kept herds of black cattle and other livestock that they drove each spring to the shielings, which were summer pastures in the uplands. The clan chief and tacksmen oversaw the working of the system, levying tribute, displaying generosity and hospitality, and organizing raids and defense. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries “improvers” saw the system as an obstacle to progress. 22 Highland and Indian societies revolved around clan and kinship, although the terms had some different meanings and things worked in dissimilar ways.

Some writers dismiss as fiction or sheer nonsense the notion that Scots were colonized, and Scotland’s experience in dealing with England pales in comparison with that of other colonized peoples. Scotland was not conquered, occupied, and controlled in the way that other colonies were; events in Scotland were different even from those in Ireland, and Britain did not establish settler colonies in the Highlands of Scotland as it did in North America, Australia, or parts of Africa. Lowland Scots, the Scottish ruling classes, and Scottish capital played a greater role than English colonists in transforming the Highlands.

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