• Stuart MacRae
  • Boreraig (1995)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)
  • 2(pic).2.1+bcl.asx.tsx.12220timp.2percpfstr(8.8.6.4.2)
  • 14 min

Programme Note

Boreraig is a remote village on the Isle of Skye, which was cleared to make way for sheep in 1853. The inhabitants, mainly crofters, were sent in ships to New Zealand after brutal evictions. The piece was originally planned when, in 1994, I first visited the abandoned yet remarkably preserved croft houses of Boreraig, which can only be reached on foot. I felt an eerie, ghostly sensation as I walked among the ruins and imagined the events of 1853. The basic outline of the piece is a chronological history of the place: before habitation, during habitation, the clearances and the aftermath. However, the piece is more personal than programmatic or political.

© Stuart MacRae

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