This happens often. A recent disaster is quickly labelled the worst in history and I twitch.
Surely, anyone might think, wait a minute, what about those clearance things, Mr MacDonald was always going on about?
I would contend however, that per head of population, the Highland Potato Famine caused as much misery, if not actual deaths [only 250 000 deaths], than an Gorta Mór. The effects on the Highlands and several islands, such as Skye, were devastating in that people emigrated in their droves after potato and other crop failures in 1836-37, which was the last major crop failure before the Famine of 1846-47.https://www.thenational.scot/news/18610887.scotland-rallied-feed-starving-diseased-destitute/
250 000 deaths, at the time of fast steamships and the railways? When rich industrialist were buying up highland estates? Every day from 1846 to 1847, the worst day in Skye’s history?