This is another one for my notebook and compost heap. This a list of non-fiction books that discuss the Highland Clearance that I kept track of for a historical fiction novel I started, but have decided not to proceed with. I love historical fiction, and the ones that I respect and admire typically are written by an author who has spent many many years researching the history. Traveling this path for awhile (I’ve poured many many hours into this project) I’ve learned something about myself, I’m not really an aspiring historical fiction writer. The thing that speaks the to me are moral and ethical issues. This is one reason I am so drawn to historical fiction, but developing my skills as a historical fiction writer is not the direction I want to go.

So with that in mind, I’ve decided to make public all my notes and story outline that I’ve created so far about this story I wanted to write. You can find them all under the category “James MacAvoy.” I hope that someone will write an inspiring historical fiction novel about the Highland Clearance. There’s some out there, I haven’t read any of them yet.


Stories of the Highland Clearances: The brutal betrayal of the Scots, by Alexander Mackenzie

Gloomy Memories in the Highlands of Scotland, by Donald McLeod

Improvements on the Estates of the Marquis of Stafford, by James Kinloch (General Agent of the Sutherland Estates)

An Account of the Sutherland Improvements, by James Loch (Commissioner for Marchioness of Stafford and heiress of Sutherland)

Sketches of the Highlanders, by General Stewart of Garth

Sutherland as it was and is, Huge Miller

The Highland Clearances, by John Prebble

The Highland Clearances, by Eric Richards


The Mist Covered Mountains