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

Jacobites, Clearance and Scots! 2020 Field School


7th to 19th June 2020

HARP will be returning to the Scottish Highlands to continue our field school investigating the 18th Century of Highland Scotland. 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 General Wade, and new mapping projects and surveys were undertaken by the likes of William Roy.  The project will 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, Jacobites, and surveyors of the time compared to what can still be seen today.

The 2020 project will 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), as well as areas visited by Robert Burns in the 1780s and William and Dorothy Wordsworth in the early 1800s. 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.

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 and Kings Houses 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.

Participants will have the opportunity to build a portfolio, 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.


Accommodation will be provided at Faskally Holiday Park near Pitlochry. The park is located between Pitlochry and Killiecrankie, site of the beginnings of the Jacobite Uprising of 1689, located on the southern edge of the Cairngorms National Park.  Shared rooms will be provided, and the park has an onsite shop, bar, spa, and restaurant. All meals on work days will be provided for you during the project, with catering duties shared by the group. We will have a welcome dinner on our first night, and packed lunches for when we are out in the field (dietary requirements will be taken into account). The middle Saturday of the fortnight will consist of a free day, allowing participants to explore the surrounding area at their leisure. This will be followed by day of field trips to nearby historic sites, and to provide you with an opportunity to embark on some luxury retail therapy. Local highlights include Blair Castle, The Blair Atholl Distillery, Glen Shee Ski Centre and more.


The total cost for the field school is $1150 (USD) per person and includes accommodation, all meals, and 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 Pitlochry and the field school accommodation. A limited number of transfers to/from Edinburgh Airport will be available for an extra fee, and information on this will be provided on request.


There is no application deadline. Places are limited and are given on a first come first served basis. For more information or to apply for a place please complete the attached application form and return it to Ian at 

Post ID#20976 - replied 11/2/2018 5:54 AM


Dates for the 2019 Field Season are now confirmed; we will be returning to Perthshire from 9th to 22nd June 2019. There are 18 places available on the field school.

Post ID#21035 - replied 3/12/2020 3:55 AM


Dates for the 2020 season now available. We will be returning to Highland Perthshire from June 7th to 19th!


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