factor during the Clearances
Patrick Sellar was the factor of the Duke of Sutherland, one
of the most notorious landlords for clearing off the land tenants
whose families had farmed there for generations. Sellar was
in the front line of the dukes dirty work, and showed
great enthusiasm and brutality in his ruthless evictions. He
was eventually tried for oppression in 1816, and although acquitted,
his name became synonymous with the Clearances.