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After the Great Famine of the 1840s many Scottish land speculators bought estates in County Donegal where they planned to replicate the harsh experience of the Scottish Highlands where the landlords evicted almost all of their tenants in order to graze more profitable sheep. However, the Donegal Irish proved to be much more resilient and resourceful than their Highland Scottish counterparts and successfully resisted most attempts to clear them off their own land.

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