Saturday, October 4, 2014

Primer on 18th Century Scottish Emigration to the US

highlands, american colonies, scotch-irish, ulster-scots, diaspora
Most of the literature "out there" on Scottish Emigration to what is now the United States focuses on the 18th century. This primer from the National Tartan Day Society of Washington is no different. Their brief introduction to emigration from the Lowlands and Highlands of Scotland and from Northern Ireland doesn't break any new ground, but it is short and concise.

If you are trying to understand why your ancestors may have left Scotland or Ulster during this time period or are looking for a research topic for a capstone project, this site is a good place to start. If you are looking for a thesis or dissertation project, I would suggest examining nineteenth century emigration from these areas as it will be easier to complete original research and will make a significant contribution to the field.

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