This article was published in the 4 April 1862 edition of the Inverness Advertiser.
LOCHBROOM. --Not for scores of years (we almost said never,) have the
inhabitants of this Highland parish been in such poor circumstances. The west and north-west
coasts of the Highlands in general have been in anything but a desirable condition for the last
few years, both sea and land failing them. In the parish of Lochbroom this is particularly felt.
Fishing --on which they chiefly depend-- has completely failed for the last three years. On
account of the heavy rains with which they have been visited for two or three seasons past, their
land crop has also turned out a decided failure. In the village of Ullapool this destitution is
most particulary felt, some of the inhabitants being actually in want of the common necessaries
of life. Fuel is scarcer than even in the poorest alleys of Inverness. Some evictions which took
place some time ago on the Dundonald estate tended to heighten the distress, as the unfortunate
outcasts were turned adrift upon Ullapool, without a house to cover them, or the means of
providing themselves with one. Money is an article which the people of Lochbroom have at present
only in remembrance. It is to be hoped that the incoming season may be more propitious.
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