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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  • 31 March 2013 at 10:40 am

    An amazing blog. Keep up the good work.

    When you look at New Zealand and realise that possibly 50% of the people there have an ancestor that was born in Scotland, the work that you and others are doing is just so important in making people aware and opening the richness of their heritage.

    With the migration waves of people in and out of Scotland, many people in the Diaspora will have deeper ancestral lnks to Scotland or particular parts of Scotland than many people presently living in Scotland.

    At the same time it is interesting to note that there are significantly more people with Scottish names outside of Scotland than there are inside of Scotland, and that there seems to be significantly larger interest in clans by people living outside of the UK than inside

    It would be interesting to see how people in Scotland view this, and the extent to which and the ways in which they are interested in strengthening links to the overall diaspora.

    At the same time, the traditions of the people of the different parts of the Diaspora, myself included, are evolving in the country that we live in and are being influenced by the environment(s)/country(ies) in which we, our partners and our children, and previous generations have grown up. So some of the traditions of different parts of the Diaspora will not take account of the evolution of traditions in Scotland and will have evolved in their own right, leadng to divergence from Scotland and between the different parts of the Diaspora.

    With the advent of the internet etc, it would be interesting to find out the extent to which different parts of the Diaspora now communicate with each other, and they extent to which there is influence, if any, between the different parts outside of Scotland.

    • 1 April 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks very much for your kind words – I am delighted that you like the Blog. I will certainly keep it going.

      In light of their numbers, the Scots made up nearly 25% of British Isle migrants to NZ from c1850 to 1930, the Scots’ legacy is very significant indeed. So much so, I have argued in my book, that Scottish culture became integral to New Zealand culture.

      I think we will learn more about how Scots at home view all this in the next couple of years: there will be another Homecoming in 2014, and with the Scottish independence referendum taking centre stage the Scots abroad are being increasingly politicised. Interesting times!

      You’re spot on about traditions evolving differently in different places around the Scottish diaspora. That’s crucial indeed to understanding its history.


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