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A cat sitting on the outbuildings of a tumbledown croft, or smallholding, near Strathy, Sutherland on Scotland's north coast. This area was one of Europe's most sparsely-populated and suffered many decades of population decline due to economic factors and a programme of clearances by landowners in the 19th century. Much of the population fled to the New World or the major cities of Britain to find work and shelter.
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