Topic ID #34949 - posted 2/13/2015 10:48 AM

Jacobites, Clearance and Scots! 2018 Field School


9th to 23rd June 2018

HARP will be returning to the Scottish Highlands to continue investigating the 18th Century, a pivotal time that saw both the Jacobite Uprisings and the start of the Highland Clearances. 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 2018 project will continue our focus 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. Our survey will trace and record 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. It will also record a selection of contemporary settlements and architecture.

Amongst other sites, the survey will visit the site of the Battle of Killiecrankie and take in the remains of Ruthven Barracks, an important strategic position during the Uprisings. We will be surveying sections of the military road that still survive to this day, as well as surveying a number of the bridges built as part of the road construction scheme. We will visit and survey Drovers Inns that were an integral part of an 18th Century Tourist itinerary, and will assess, survey and record the changing settlement patterns that were taking place at this time as a result of social change and enforced agricultural and economic change following the Jacobite uprisings.

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

Every participant will have the opportunity to build a portfolio during the field school, along with full training and copies of software, used during the course, that they can take away with them at the end.  For participants who are completing an Archaeological Skills Passport all relevant sections will be signed off.

The field school will be based in the Perthshire and Tayside region of the Central Highlands, and accommodation will be based near Blair Atholl. Accommodation will be provided in a traditional, luxury, hunting lodge on the Atholl Estate (, a great opportunity to experience the Scottish Highlands. Participants will have full access to the Lodge facilities, which includes wifi, entertainment facilities, payphone, and beautiful grounds. Twin shared rooms will be provided, and the lodge has full catering facilities where we will prepare our meals. All meals will be provided on workdays of the project. The middle weekend of the fortnight will be free time allowing participants to explore the surrounding area at their leisure. Local highlights include the estate grounds at Blair Atholl, Blair Castle, The Blair Atholl Distillery etc..

The total cost for the field school is £750 (GBP) per person and includes accommodation, all meals on workdays, transport on all workdays and site visits. Transport to and from the field school is not included but free pick-ups will be arranged between Blair Atholl and the field school accommodation. A limited number of transfers to/from Edinburgh will be available for an extra fee and information on this will be provided on request.

For more information or to apply for a place please email Ian at

Post ID#20734 - replied 12/13/2015 1:37 PM


Discount available for all places booked before the end of 2016!

Post ID#20808 - replied 10/27/2016 5:28 AM


Dates for the 2017 season are now confirmed, 10th to 24th June 2017

Post ID#20907 - replied 10/10/2017 4:46 AM


Dates for 2018 now confirmed - 9th to 23rd June 2018!


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