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The Modern Period

In the 18th and 19th centuries, some of the settlements around the Peninsula were cleared to make way for sheep farms, for example Uigen, Clibhe, and Berie. Occupants were moved to other areas of the island, or to Bhaltos, or emigrated to the mainland or overseas. At one time, around the mid-19th century, when the potato blight had caused crop failures, there was a threat to clear Bhaltos township. However, it was saved by the intervention of the wife of the then landlord. This is one of the reasons why the arrangement of houses in Bhaltos doesn't have the planned, linear form of so many townships in the island, because it still preserves something of the layout of the mediaeval township that preceded it.