Alexander Fisher and his wife Mary were in Lawers from at least 1838 to 1843. Their first three children were born in Ben Lawers Hotel and the fourth in Duallin.
The lands of Lawers were the first on Loch Tayside to which the Glenorchy Campbells acquired heritable title. For the part that Sir Colin Campbell played in apprehending the murderers of King James I, he was granted the Barony by James III, the grandson of that monarch , on 17 December 1473. Lawers had previously been in the possession of Thomas Chalmers one of the assassins of the King. See Lairds and Lands of Lochtayside by John Christie (1892). See also Canmore archeology notes
David Duff writing in 1838 in the about the Parish of Kenmore, which includes Lawers, gives a vivid description of conditions at the time Alexander Fisher and his wife Mary McLean were in Crofthouse and Duallin. At 3158 the population of the parish would seemm to be little changed from 100 years previously but in the interim it had risen 400 partly as a result of smallpox vaccination and was now on the way back down. Duff does not refer to the clearances as such but he does note that 'lots and crofts begin to be thrown together to make something like farms.....' so it is clear a huge change was underway. Fields were being cleared and drained, iron ploughs and stouter carts were coming into use and new stone houses with slate roofs, such as those replacing the old buildings of Crofthouse and Duallin were being built.
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