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The Other 70%

When considering the population that makes up “The Other 70%” (the 70% of Scots not affiliated with the highland clans) you need to first delineate the “boundaries” of the Highlands.  For the purposes of these articles the Highlands will be considered to be from the northernmost tip of Scotland at the Pentland Firth (just under the islands of Orkney and Shetland whose population is mostly of Nordic, rather than Scottish, heritage), south and including the western Grampian area (west of Nairn on the Moray Firth in the north, my apologies to the Gordons whose clan center is east of this line in Huntly) and slightly west of the River Spey as it winds diagonally southwesterly.  The “line” of the Highlands continues south and west just below Ben Nevis and Fort William at the southern tip of the Great Glen and just above Oban, which is very close to Glencoe, on the Firth of Lorne in the Strathclyde region and from there off the west coast and back northward up the coast, including the Isles of Skye, Rum, and Eigg, to the west of the Western Isles and back to the Pentland Firth.   Though this is the “line” of the Highlands many of the clans, such as Clan Hay, whose main seat is on the furthermost northeastern area of Scotland near Turriff in the eastern Grampian area and  who had  other castles and homes  near the city of Perth in the Central area of Scotland and in the Border area below Edinburgh, and the Gordons as mentioned above, actually lived outside the currently designated Highlands area.   I shall leave the stories of these clans to their historians.

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