Bringing the Empire to Scotland

When thinking about the Scottish Diaspora it is important to recognise what diaspora actually means. Traditionally the word refers simply to the movement of people, i.e. describing the migration of Scots and other groups away from their homeland. More recently the term diaspora has primarily been associated with victimhood and forced dispersal from a homeland. Another important characteristic of a diaspora is the continued connection with the old world. This connection, however, works both ways: while many Scots resident in the diaspora were keen to maintain links with Scotland, many a Scot who stayed there was keen to learn more about the sites in which Scots had settled. For those whose family members lived abroad there was a very immediate reason for this interest, but even for those who had …