Here’s a selection of central works relating to the Scottish diaspora and Scottish migration that may be of interest:


  • E. Breitenbach, Empire and Scottish Society: The Impact of Foreign Missions at Home, c.1790-1914 (Edinburgh, 2009).
  • Jeanette Brock, The Mobile Scot: A Study of Emigration and Migration (Edinburgh, 1999).
  • Tanja Bueltmann, Andrew Hinson and Graeme Morton, The Scottish Diaspora (Edinburgh, forthcoming 2013).
  • Tanja Bueltmann, Andrew Hinson and Graeme Morton (eds), Ties of Bluid, Kin and Countrie: Scottish Associational Culture in the Diaspora (Guelph, 2009).
  • T.M. Devine, To the Ends of the Earth: Scotland’s Global Diaspora, 1750-2010 (London, 2011).
  • T. M. Devine, Scotland’s Empire 1600-1815 (London, 2004).
  • T. M. Devine (ed.), Scottish Emigration and Scottish Society (Edinburgh, 1992).
  • Marjory Harper, Adventurers and Exiles: The Great Scottish Exodus (London, 2003).
  • Marjory Harper and Stephen Constantine, Migration and Empire (Oxford, 2010).
  • Angela McCarthy (ed.), A Global Clan? Scottish Networks and Identities since the Eighteenth Century (London, 2006).
  • Eric Richards, Britannia’s Children: Emigration from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland since 1600 (London and New York, 2004).


  • R. Grover, ‘Scottish Missionaries, Evangelical Discourses and the Origins of Conservation Thinking in South Africa 1820-1900’, Journal of Southern African Studies, 15, 2 (1989), 163-187.
  • John M. MacKenzie with Nigel R. Dalziel, The Scots in South Africa: Ethnicity, Identity, Gender and Race, 1772-1914 (Manchester, 2007).
  • A. Ross, David Livingstone: Mission and Empire (3rd edn, London and New York, 2006).
  • H.J. Sindima, The Legacy of Scottish Missionaries in Malawi (Lewiston, 1992).
  • E.M. Spiers, The Scottish Soldier and Empire, 1854-1902 (Edinburgh University Press, 2006).


  • Shiona Airlie, Thistle and Bamboo: The Life and Times of Sir James Stewart Lockhart (Oxford, 1989).
  • E. Buettner, ‘Haggis in the Raj: Private and Public Celebrations of Scottishness in Late Imperial India’, Scottish Historical Review (2002).
  • A. Le Pichon, China Trade and Empire: Jardine, Matheson & Co. and the Origins of British Rule in Hong Kong, 1827-1843 (Oxford and New York, 2007).
  • Maggie Keswick (ed.), The Thistle and the Jade: A Celebration of 175 Years of Jardine Matheson (London, 1982).
  • G. McGilvary, East India Patronage and the British State: The Scottish Elite and Politics in the Eighteenth Century (London, 2008).
  • J.G. Parker, ‘Scottish Enterprise in India, 1750-1914’, in R.A. Cage (ed.), Scots Abroad: Labour, Capital, Enterprise, 1750-1914 (Sydney, 1985).


  • Malcolm Prentis, The Scots in Australia (Sydney, 2008)
  • Malcolm Prentis, ‘Haggis on the High Seas: Shipboard Experiences of Scottish Emigrants to Australia, 1821-1897’, Australian Historical Studies (2004).
  • D. Watson, Caledonia Australis: Scottish Highlanders on the Frontier of Australia (Sydney 1997).


  • M. Bennett, Oatmeal and the Catechism: Scottish Gaelic Settlers in Quebec (Edinburgh, 2003).
  • J.M. Bumsted, The Scots in Canada (Ottawa, 1982).
  • Jenni Calder, Scots in Canada (Edinburgh, 2003).
  • C. Calloway, White People, Indians and Highlanders: Tribal Peoples and Colonial Encounters in Scotland and America (Oxford, 2008).
  • Neil Robinson, To the Ends of the Earth: Norman McLeod and the Highlanders’ Migration to Nova Scotia and New Zealand (Auckland, 1997).
  • Peter E. Rider and Heather McNabb (eds), A Kingdom of the Mind: How the Scots Helped Make Canada (Montreal and Kingston, 2006).


  • John Burnett, ‘”Hail Brither Scots O’ Coaly Tyne”: Networking and Identity among Scottish Migrants in the North-east of England, ca. 1860 – 2000’, Immigrants and Minorities (2007).
  • Kyle Hughes, ‘”We Scotsmen by the Banks o’ the Lagan”: The Belfast Benevolent Society of St Andrew, 1867-1917’, Irish Economic and Social History (2010).
  • G. Leydier, Scotland and Europe, Scotland in Europe (Cambridge, 2007).
  • A. Munro and D. Sim, The Merseyside Scots: A Study of an Expatriate Community (Birkenhead, 2001).
  • S. Murdoch and A. Grosjean, Scottish Communities Abroad in the Early Modern Period (Leiden, 2005).
  • A. Murdoch, Scotland and America, c.1600-c.1800 (Basingstoke, 2010).
  • S. Nenadic (ed.), Scots in London in the Eighteenth Century (Lewisburg, 2010).

New Zealand

  • Tom Brooking and Jennie Coleman, The Heather and the fern: Scottish migration and the New Zealand settlement (Dunedin, 2003).
  • Tom Brooking, Lands for the People? The Highland Clearances and the Colonisation of New Zealand: A Biography of John McKenzie (Dunedin, 1996).
  • Tanja Bueltmann, ‘”The Image of Scotland which We Cherish in Our Hearts”: Burns Anniversary Celebrations in Colonial Otago’, in J. MacKenzie and B. Patterson (eds), Immigrants & Minorities, special issue (forthcoming, 2012).
  • Tanja Bueltmann, Scottish Ethnicity and the Making of New Zealand Society, 1850 to 1930 (Edinburgh, 2011).
  • Tanja Bueltmann, ‘”Through the Fair Land of Scotia”: Émigré Scots Touring the Homeland’, History Scotland (2011).
  • Tanja Bueltmann, ‘Manly Games, Athletic Sports and the Commodification of Scottish Identity: Caledonian Gatherings in New Zealand to 1915’, Scottish Historical Review (2010).
  • Tanja Bueltmann [with Gerard Horn], ‘Migration and Ethnic Associational Culture: A Comparative Study of New Zealand’s Irish and Scottish Migrant Communities to 1905’, in Vincent Comerford and Jennifer Kelly (eds), Associational Culture in Ireland and Abroad (Dublin, 2010).
  • Tanja Bueltmann, ‘”No Colonists are more Imbued with their National Sympathies than Scotchmen”: The Nation as an Analytical Tool in the Study of Migrant Communities’, New Zealand Journal of History (2009).
  • Tanja Bueltmann, ‘Ethnic Identity, Sporting Caledonia and Respectability: Scottish Associational Life in New Zealand to 1910’, in T. Bueltmann, A. Hinson and G. Morton (eds), Ties of Bluid, Kin and Countrie: Scottish Associational Culture in the Diaspora (Guelph, 2009).
  • Tanja Bueltmann, ‘”Where the Measureless Ocean between us will Roar”: Scottish Emigration to New Zealand, Personal Correspondence and Epistolary Practices, c1850-1920’, Immigrants & Minorities (2008).
  • Susan Butterworth [with Graham Butterworth], Chips off the Auld Rock: Shetlanders in New Zealand (Wellington, 1997).
  • Stephen Constantine, ‘Immigration and the Making of New Zealand’ in S. Constantine (ed.), Emigrants and Empire: British Settlement in the Dominions between the wars (Manchester, 1990).
  • S. R. H. Jones, Doing well and doing good: Ross & Glendining, Scottish enterprise in New Zealand (Dunedin, 2010).
  • Angela McCarthy, Scottishness and Irishness in New Zealand since 1840 (Manchester, 2011).
  • Jock Phillips and Terry Hearn, Settlers: New Zealand Immigrants from England, Ireland and Scotland from 1800-1945 (Auckland, 2008).
  • Neil Robinson, To the Ends of the Earth: Norman McLeod and the Highlanders’ Migration to Nova Scotia and New Zealand (Auckland, 1997).

United States

  • Jenni Calder, Scots in the USA (Edinburgh, 2006).
  • C. Calloway, White People, Indians and Highlanders: Tribal Peoples and Colonial Encounters in Scotland and America (Oxford, 2008).
  • A.I. MacInnes, M. Harper and L.G. Fryer (eds), Scotland and the Americas, c.1650-c.1939: A Documentary Source Book (Edinburgh, 1999).
  • C. Ray, Highland Heritage: Scottish Americans in the American South (Chapel Hill, 2001).
  • Ferenc Morton Szasz, Scots in the North American West, 1790-1917 (Norman, 2000).
  • Ferenc Morton Szasz, Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns: Connected Lives and Legends (Carbondale, 2008).
  • Ferenc Morton Szasz, Scottish Highlanders and Native Americans: Indigenous Education in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World (Norman, 2007).

Return migration

  • Tanja Bueltmann, ‘”Gentlemen, I am going to the Old Country”: Scottish Roots-Tourists in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries’, in Mario Varricchio (ed.), Back to Caledonia: Scottish Return Migration from the 16th Century to the Present (forthcoming).
  • J.E. Cookson, ‘Early Nineteenth-century Scottish Military Pensioners as Homecoming Soldiers’,  History Journal (2009).
  • M. Harper, Emigrant Homecomings: The Return Movement of Emigrants, 1600-2000 (Manchester, 2005).
  • M. Varricchio (ed.), Back to Caledonia: Scottish Return Migration from the 16th Century to the Present (forthcoming).


  • Bruce Durie, Scottish Genealogy (Stroud, 2008).
  • Graham Holton, Discover your Scottish ancestry: internet and traditional sources (Edinburgh, 2003).
  • Ian B. Maxwell, Tracing your Scottish ancestors: a guide for family historians (Barnsley, 2009).
  • National Archives of Scotland, Tracing your Scottish ancestors: a guide to ancestry research in the National Archives of Scotland (Edinburgh, 2009).

2 thoughts on “Read More

  • 19 November 2013 at 11:16 pm

    In regard to your Read More resources as it pertains to the United States I would highly recommend the addition of “Born Fighting: How The Scots-Irish Shaped America” by James Webb. I don’t claim it to be a perfect resource, and many reviewers have pointed out both real and perceived flaws, but as one who is just beginning (too late in life) to explore my Scot Irish heritage, I find it a most informative and enjoyable primer. While I’ve no doubt I will seek out and read other related volumes – including your blogs – I’ve already learned much about Scot history never known or studied before. Likewise I’ve a far better understanding of my own family ancestry and reading this book has only ignited within me the desire to learn more, especially as I prepare to visit Scotland for the first time – a land that now dominates my thoughts but which for the previous 59 years seldom entered my consciousness.

    • 19 November 2013 at 11:20 pm

      Thanks very much for the tip, Glen! Delighted to hear about you discovering your roots and relevant history.


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