Finished Butcher’s Broom last night (Neil Gunn), and went googling for Patrick Sellar.
Sellar features in the book, under the only slightly too obvious name of Mr Heller. Smooth and professional in his discussions with his fellow factors and lawyers, but at the head of his gangs of men with dogs, brutal and vile.
So what’s the worst that the spineless, boneless, marrowless folk in Moray can say about him?
“And yet without the Clearances and Patrick Sellar in particular, would we be celebrating this Year of Homecoming 2009?”
“… his methods, even for the harsh times of the early 19th century, were severe. But did his actions directly contribute to the rich cultures of Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand and those Scottish connections which we celebrate during this Year of Homecoming?”
Did even the tourists not feel the … the … the pusillanimity?