MacDiarmid’s Report on Applicants for Allotments November 1893
Transcription of Hugh MacDiarmid’s report on applicants to the County Council for small holdings and allotments in 1893.
Courtesy of His Grace the Duke of Argyll
In November 1893 the Tiree factor for Argyll Estates Hugh MacDiarmid reported on a hundred and seventeen islanders who had applied to the County Council for small holdings and allotments under the Small Holding Act of the previous year.
The Council was required by the Act to investigate whether a petition for small holdings was ‘presented in good faith and on reasonable grounds’ and to inquire into the circumstances of the petitioners. Most of those assessed in MacDiarmid’s report had little or no means.
The Act allowed councils to let small holdings, instead of offering them for sale, where ‘persons desirous of themselves cultivating small holdings are unable to buy’ and the land did not exceed fifteen acres in extent.