New Book: Clubbing Together

clubbingI am delighted to announce that my new book, Clubbing Together: Ethnicity, Civility and Formal Sociability in the Scottish Diaspora to 1930, has been published by Liverpool University Press. I have accumulated a host of debts throughout the preparation and writing of this book, so I’d like to take the opportunity and thank a few people and organizations here.

A few ‘thank yous’:

First, I’d like to acknowledge the British Academy for the support I have received through the Small Research Grant scheme (SG100441). I am also grateful to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, which has funded some of my research in Australia related to ethnic associations. The Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University also deserves my recognition for giving me the opportunity to be a …

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’ …

Scottish Connections with Japan

In nineteenth-century Japan Scots were at the vanguard of European arrivals, with Thomas Blake Glover providing the most prominent example of the close ties that subsequently developed between Japan and Scotland. Glover arrived in Nagasaki in 1859 to manage the local office of Hong Kong-based Jardine Matheson, but soon set up his own trading company. He sold arms, developed coal mines and was fundamental in establishing a shipyard in Nagasaki that would later become the Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, importing the required technology directly from the Clyde. Glover was the purveyor of the Japanese industrialisation. Of great significance too was Neil Gordon Munro, the director of Yokohama’s General Hospital and one of the first Westerners to study the Ainu people of Hokkaido. Yet while the history of Scots like …

The Turakina Highland Games

TurakinaThe Turakina Highland Games, New Zealand’s longest running Games, will be held for the 148th time in 2012, the events taking place on 28th January 2012 in the Turakina Domain, Cameron Road, Turakina. Turakina is a small village in the western Rangitikei district in the southern North Island of New Zealand.

As the Turakina Caledonian Society details on its website, it was the Maori explorer Hau who named Turakina. The first European settlers arrived from Scotland from the 1840’s, with many making their way up from Wellington following the land purchase from the Ngati Apa people in May 1849, negotiated by Sir Donald McLean.

I will be giving a talk about the History of New Zealand’s Caledonian Games at the Turakina Games next year.The talk relates to two …