Posts tagged: Scottish Potato Famine


We are regularly reminded of the an Gorta Mór, or the Great Hunger of 1845 caused by the Irish Potato Famine. Indeed, Tayto considered producing limited edition crisp packets to commemorate the event, although I may have just made that up. But how many people have heard of the Scottish Potato Famine?

On this day in 1846 a spell of hot weather began to suck up all the water from the normally soggy earth of north west Scotland and it became so dry that ‘men swore that they had seen salmon swimming in red dust’. Read more ›››