Thanks for the suggestions Mr T. !
You have undoubtedly read "Heimskringla" - the sagas of the norse kings by the icelandic writer, politician and lawman Snorre Sturlason? You'd find a lot of interest concerning not only Norway but all the more or less independant "norwegian" fiefdoms including the Orkneys, Iceland, Shetland etc. If a book could be a splatter then this one definately is. Very fascinating reading!
Where did you think they went? All of the estates were throwing their tenants out, so there was nowhere in Scotland for them to go. Some were resettled in those charming seaside villages, like Plockton and Bowmore and Portnahaven, that were built for the purpose, and told to learn to fish. But many emigrated against their will. Canada was built by Scots. And it's said that, when the folk music boom took hold in Scotland in the '60's, Scottish fiddlers went to Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia to learn how to play in the traditional style!
I guess most people including myself restrict the early american imigrants to be those who fled from religious persecution, criminals that were forced to move and adventurers. My history books in school never said anything about scotts being forced off the landowners properties and sent to north america. Funny isn't it what you learn by taking an interest in whisky? Obviously I read about Portnahaven and Bowmore in Peat, Smoke & Spirit and thus you get a vague idea of the wider picture - especially the tragic happenings on the land belonging to the duke of Sutherland. But apart from that I didn't know they were forced to go to Canada rather that they were "encouraged" to go there. It looks like it wasn't much of a difference at all!
And it's said that, when the folk music boom took hold in Scotland in the '60's, Scottish fiddlers went to Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia to learn how to play in the traditional style!
A fantastic story!
Anyway, I'll check out the suggestions given to me by Tom, Bernie and Mr T! Thanks