Lybster, Caithness, 4 October 1883 - James Purves

JAMES PURVES, Tenant Farmer, Barrowgill Mains, Caithness (56)—examined.

38213. The Chairman.
—I am very sorry you should have been called upon to speak at such a very late period in the evening, but I shall be very glad to hear any statement you wish to make, especially with reference to some allusion that was made to you ?
—I have handed in a statement to the Secretary. It is a written statement of the expenditure by me on the drainage and improvement of Lochend. There is also a report of the Highland Society, in which report is shown the cost of the estate to the proprietor, and the whole of the outlays that were incurred before I entered, and all the outlays I have made on permanent improvements since I entered. It also shows that from £360 I have raised the rent of the property to £800.

38214. Shall we have another opportunity of seeing you, because we have had statements here with regard to the management of landed property and the prospects of landed property in Caithness, and we might have the benefit of your experience?
—I shall be very glad to appear to answer any questious that may be thought necessary.

James Purves' full evidence, taken at Helmsdale, can be read here

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