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In 1820, Scott suggested unemployed weavers be put to work creating the Radical Road along Salisbury Crags.
In the early 1800s, hunger and poverty were widespread. Amid mass unemployment and low wages, the price of grain doubled. Only 1 in 500 people in Scotland could vote. Strikes and calls for reform were violently suppressed by government forces, and the protest leaders executed.
Scott's saw the protestors as ‘disloyal’ troublemakers, disbelieving their poverty. Mindful of the French Revolution, Scott raised his own troops from among his tenants to protect the established order.