HC Deb 24 June 1889 vol 337 c555

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate; whether his attention has been called to the fact that a man named Neil M'Dougall, salmon fisher and crofter, Cour, Carradale, in the united parishes of Saddle and Skipness, Kintyre, in the county of Argyll, was evicted on the 13th instant, and M'Dougall's furniture and clothing taken possession of and destroyed, that his landlord refuses to reinstate him, although M'Dougall in the year 1881 built the house from which he was evicted at a cost to himself of £106; and, whether Her Majesty's Government will consider the advisability of so amending the Crofter Act of 1886 as to prevent such evictions taking place in future?


I have made inquiry into this case. M'Dougall is not a crofter. He was evicted on the date mentioned, but it is not the case that his furniture and clothing were taken possession of or destroyed. They were carefully taken out of the house, and left in charge of M'Dougall and his wife, and covered up with sails to protect them. The cost of the house, which is of wood, is not known, but it is believed not to be anything like £106. I am informed that M'Dougall has always been a troublesome tenant, and the landlord declines to reinstate him. Any claim he may have can be adjudicated upon in the Civil Courts. I cannot advise any amendment in the Crofters" Act to meet a case of this nature.