Birth, marriage & death Parish & Civil Records: England & Wales from 1538, Scotland by an Act 1616, Republic & Northern Ireland late 1700s at […]
Yankees, Southerners & everything in between For the descendants of Scottish Americans it can be difficult to identify exact origins because there are three primary groups of Scots […]
In the Fall of 1759, Benjamin Franklin – then Colonial Envoy to Great Britain for Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Georgia – made his first […]
I grew up just outside of Stirling, the longtime home of Scotland’s royal family before they shut-up-shop and took up a more lucrative gig in […]
Canadian from the start The earliest Scots in Canada were among the first Europeans to arrive. The Kingdom of Scotland established the colony of Nova […]
Were your Irish ancestors among the fishermen arriving in Newfoundland in the late 1600s? Or were they one of the hundreds of thousands at Île de […]
More than most the story of the native Irish, mainly from the counties that make up the modern Republic of Ireland, is a rags to […]
The ‘Scotch’ Irish are the descendants of Lowland Scots who colonized the north of Ireland from the early 1600s. After a few generations, they left Ireland with a deep sense of betrayal towards the new British State and its king. An estimated 200,000 of them arrived in colonial America in the fifty years leading up to 1776. They provided the military strength that made the political ideas of the American Revolution achievable. If you are Protestant and one of over 30 million Americans who have Irish ancestry, you likely descend from them.
They weren’t the earliest European colonists in the land that became the United States, but they did provide the foundations and they weren’t afraid to abandon the home country when their interests were at stake.
The English arrived in Canada shortly after the French in the early 1500s. But Canada would likely be French dominated today or part of the […]