WILLIAM SPENCE, Crofter and Fish-Curer, Ballista (60)—examined.
(See Appendix A, LI.)
20474. Sir Kenneth Mackenzie.
—You asked to be examined; what do you wish to state?
—About the grievance I had—the want of scathold and grass in the meadow along with the farm.
20475. From whom do you hold that land?
20476. John Harrison was here to-day; is your complaint the same as his ?
20477. Have you anything to state beyond what he said?
—No; I think it is just the same.
20478. What rent do you pay?
—£4, 10s. 6d., including the poor rates.
20479. How long is it since you lost the scathold?
20480. What did you pay before that?
—I was not in the same farm then; I paid £6 before.
20481. There has been no scathold since you went there?
—No; none since I went to the property.
20482. You took the place with no scathold?
20483. And you would like to get it now?
—Yes, if I could.
20484. Where were you before you came to Ballista?
—I had a farm from the same man at Woodwick.
20185. What made you change?-
— My croft was laid in a sheep farm, and I was warned out of the place.
20486. Were there many people warned besides you?
—One man in the same neighbourhood besides myself. The town was laid in with hill as a sheep farm.
20487. There were only two people in the town?
—No more; sometime before there were three, but only two when I went
20488. You two had the whole of the land ?
20489. And you had pasture there ?
20490. Mr Fraser-Mackintosh.
—You were well off there, were you not ?