My motive to ask

I’m tracing my ancestry and have encountered a stumbling block which I think is better asked on here than a genealogy subreddit because it’s not so much about a particular ancestor’s parents or children or whatever as it is more about the time and region and the events in that.

My ancestor is an Isabel Geddes, married with James gauld in Huntly Aberdeenshire 1819 although the only Isabel Geddes from Huntly married an Alexander Stewart. There’s a possible Isabel Geddes baptised in Cromdale, Inverness, 1792 18 miles away to Huntly and she could be the Isabel who turns up in my tree, especially given her parents’ names.

My main questions are: To what extent was the Inverness area affected by the highlands clearances, what was their peak time, and where did these people move to? Did any move to other rural towns such as Huntly or did they almost all move to cities such as Glasgow, where the Gorbals area became overcrowded in the early 19 century. Are there any resources to specifically track down people who were affected by the clearances as there are with Huguenots and Palatines?

Thank you in advance.

Source: reddit post


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