It’s a winner! Saltire Society Research Book of the Year

Screen Shot 2015-11-27 at 22.13.40I am absolutely delighted that Clubbing Together has been selected as the winner of this year’s Saltire Society Research Book of the Year Award—my sincere thanks and appreciation to the Saltire Society and also my publisher, Liverpool University Press. Clubbing Together is my first book after the one stemming from my PhD, and, as such, writing it was an entirely different experience—one shaped by new freedoms, being liberated from the constraints of thesis regulations and requirements. Partly as a result of that freedom, I consider Clubbing Together a bolder book, one in which I pushed the boat out more in terms of developing my ideas about the meaning of diaspora and the evolution and function of Scottish ethnic associations around the world.

Seeing that ‘pushing out of the boat’ recognized

Celebrating the Arrival of the ‘Blenheim’

In the early days of settlement in New Zealand, the so-called New Zealand Company and its offshoots were chiefly responsible for bringing out new settlers from Britain to New Zealand. While many Scots only arrived in the late 1840s, making their way to the newly-established Free church settlement of Dunedin, there were a number of Scots amongst the earlier arrivals to the North Island. In 1840, for instance, the ‘Blenheim’ brought around 200 Scots to Wellington. Many of them initially settled in Wellington itself, specifically in the area of Kaiwharawhara (click on the image to see larger version), which thus became known at the ‘Scotch settlement’. After the government’s purchase of the Rangitīkei land block from local Maori, however, a good number of the Kaiwharawhara Scots made their way north, …

Out now: The Scottish Diaspora

The Scottish Diaspora (Edinburgh, 2013, with Andrew Hinson and Graeme Morton).

Did you know that Scotland was one of Europe’s main population exporters in the age of mass migration? Or that the Scottish Honours System was introduced as far afield as New Zealand? This comprehensive introductory history of the Scottish diaspora covers the period c.1700 to 1945 and examines these and related issues by exploring the migration of Scots overseas, their experiences in the new worlds in which they settled and the impact of the diaspora on Scotland. Global in scope, the book’s distinctive feature is its focus on both the geographies of the Scottish diaspora and key theories, concepts and themes, including associationalism and return migration. By revisiting these themes throughout the chapters, the multifaceted characteristics of ‘Scottishness’ …

Welcome to the Scottish Diaspora Blog!

The Scottish Diaspora Blog is the digital home for my work on the Scots abroad. I post stories regularly that deal with the history of Scottish migration and the experiences of Scots abroad. There are also a number of Resources, and a Gallery of interesting images. If you are doing your own research on things Scottish and have a question you think I might be able to help with, just get in touch. If you’d like to know more about what I do, please visit the About page, and check out my books. You can also share your comments on posts and stories.

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