Passenger list for the ‘Conrad’ in 1850
Transcription of the passenger list for the ‘Conrad’ in 1850.
Courtesy of His Grace the Duke of Argyll
In 1850 a hundred and sixty-seven men, women and children from Tiree left for Canada on board the ‘Conrad’. Between 1847 and 1853, 1354 islanders were given assistance by the 8th Duke to emigrate. This was equivalent to 27% of the island’s population in 1841.
The majority of those who emigrated were small tenants and landless cottars. Argyll Estate papers recording Tiree rentals show that between 1847 and 1861 tenants paying under £5 rent were reduced by 78% while those paying over £10 were increased by 120%.
The total number of tenancies was reduced by a third while the income in rentals increased from £2,618 to £3,394. It is undoubtedly true that the island was left more prosperous but it was at the cost of considerable social suffering.