This page contains resources relating to the Scottish Diaspora. The aim of these resources is to promote better understanding of the history of the Scottish Diaspora, and its enduring legacy around the world. It is hoped that these resources will be useful for students of Scottish Diaspora history and culture, as well as genealogists who are researching their family history. The development of resources is ongoing, so please come back regularly to check for updates.

St Andrew’s Balls in Hong Kong: A Short History

This short ebook explores the history of St Andrew’s Balls in Hong Kong from their first emergence in the mid-nineteenth century to the 1920. It has been co—produced as part of work for the European, Ethnic and Expatriate project funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.

Robert Burns and New Zealand

Interactive timeline about Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, and his connection with, and legacy in, New Zealand.

The Scottish World Map

This is a map of the world with details about Scottish settlement abroad and the history of the Scottish Diaspora. Simply click on a country to learn more about the Scots who settled there. The map is an ongoing project, and details for countries are still being added. The United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa, Malawi, Egypt, Samoa and Panama are already available.

The Scots in New Zealand

This is a map of New Zealand and its regions. Click on a region and a window will pop up containing a story about a Scottish connection the region has. Stories are still being added, so come back for updates.

3 thoughts on “Resources

  • 5 March 2016 at 9:57 pm
    An important source document is
    “An Historical Account
    OF THE Settlements of Scotch Highlanders IN America Prior to the Peace of 1783 TOGETHER WITH NOTICES OF Highland Regiments AND Biographical Sketches BYJ.P. Maclean, Ph.D.”

    Life Member Gaelic Society of Glasgow, and Clan MacLean Association of Glasgow; Corresponding Member Davenport Academy of Sciences, and Western Reserve Historical Society; Author of History of Clan MacLean, Antiquity of Man, The Mound Builders, Mastodon, Mammoth and Man, Norse Discovery of America, Fingal’s Cave, Introduction Study St. John’s Gospel, Jewish Nature Worship, etc.

    “The Project Gutenberg EBook of An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America, by J. P. MacLean. This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at

  • 29 November 2016 at 9:41 am

    Your Scot “A C Haig was my Great great grandfather and coincidentally I was recently working in New Plymouth for 12 months and had only realized at the time that was where he had married. My work also took me to Dunedin which is where I believe he arrived. I have a transcribed list of notes from him mentioning jobs he had done and the goldfield where he worked. I I have since visited the area). He did actually fight in the Maori Wars out of New Plymouth and I intend to followup on that a little more in the future.
    Thanks for an informative item. Can you please let me know how and why you had chosen this particular person to use as your example?
    Many thanks
    I was very interested in your transcript and it has inspired me to check back now further in the family history.

    • 29 November 2016 at 10:46 am

      Dear Ken,
      That’s brilliant – I always love it when connections like that come out via blog stories! I will send you some more details directly.


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