With a finite quantity of land and a rising population the Earls of Breadalbane sought ways to employ their population and augment the income from farm rental. Processing of flax, and later wool, dominated the early industrial development. Wade's roads gave access to the markets in the south and as the industrial revolution gathered pace in England the developments there began to be adopted in the Highlands.
In the middle of the 19th century a dramatic decline in the numbers employed on the land and the coming of the railway accelerated the transition from a farming based economy to one in which industry played an increasing part.
Page last updated - 28/11/16