Sunday, January 25, 2015

Robert Burns and the Diaspora

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Celebrate Burns Day by listening the inaugural lecture, Imagining Scotland and the Scottish Diaspora, presented by Dr. Liam McIlvanney, the Stuart Chair in Scottish Studies, at the University of Otego in October 2013.

In this lecture McIlvanny first examines the theme of emigration in the work of Robert Burns. He then discusses the role literature, including that of Burns, plays in forming the identity of the Scottish Diaspora. 

Find the lecture at iTunes University here.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Reader in History Job Opening

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The Centre for History at the University of the Highlands and Islands has recently posted an announcement for a Reader in History. They are open to several fields of study including Scotland, North America, and Atlantic history. See the full job ad here.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

View of the Ulster-Scots from 1915

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I discovered this online version of The Scotch-Irish in America from Library Ireland. This volume was written by Henry Jones Ford and published in 1915. Scots who migrated from Scotland to Ulster and then to the United States comprise the third part of the Scottish Diaspora in this country. The other two being Lowland Scots and Highland Scots. Each group is usually considered separately in the literature relating to Scottish emigration.   

I have not read Ford's book, so I can't comment on it, except to point out the obvious - it was written a hundred years ago. While dates and events have not changed, our opinions and interpretations of them have. If you are in need of basic background or need sources for a literature review for a thesis or dissertation, you might find this book useful.

Additional online versions are available from here and Google Books here.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

New Year, New Job

This year I have begun a new job as a researcher and content writer at 

It's a great position for me as it allows me to combine my research skills with my interests in writing, family history, and social media. One of my duties will be to write articles for the company's blog. If you are interested in finding immigrant ancestors, please visit and see if our content will help you. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Most Popular Posts of 2014

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I thought I would start of the year with a list of the most popular posts of 2014. If you haven't read them already, I hope will now. Each represents a different facet of what I write about at the Scottish Emigration Blog: diaspora studies, book reviews, immigrant histories and stories, family history and projects, and academic projects. 

  1. Donald Whyte and A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants This useful title really needs to be republished.
  2. Immigrant Ancestor's Project from Brigham Young University This post introduces this database which has been indexing immigrants since at least 2011.
  3. Who were the British Convicts sent to America, 1718-1775 A summary of Roger Ekirch's 1985 article "Bound for America."
  4. The Bookshelf: Coming to America by Roger Daniels A review of a popular history of immigration to the United States.
  5. Scottish Ancestors in Scandinavia An overview of my ancestor Erik Andersson Kiorbiauw, who was born in Scotland and died in Finland, and Scottish emigration to Scandinavia in the 16th and 17th centuries.
  6. Moy & Dalarossie Parish Emigrants from this parish to Columbiana and Jefferson Counties, Ohio were the subject of my PhD dissertation.
  7. Does Scotland Care About the Diaspora? A summary of three papers by the Scottish Government and defining the term diaspora and engaging the Scottish Diaspora with the homeland.
  8. Scottish Emigration Reading List, part two A listing of some of my favorite books on subject.
  9. Crafting My Heritage How I made a quilt out of tartan swatches from my grandfather's Scottish import shop.
  10. EmigranThursday - The Chisholm and Allan Families An account of the immigrants Henry and William Chisholm who became steel magnates in Cleveland, Ohio.


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