Inter-ethnic co-operation in New York

Some of the most enduring fruit of co-operation, and borne across ethnic groups, can be found, however, in New York. It was there that the local St Andrew’s and St George’s societies worked together closely—so closely, in fact, that they shared the same lodgings at 3 Broadway, as well as the same almoner, for a Read More

Saltire Society Award Shortlist

The shortlists for the six award categories that make up the 2015 Saltire Literary Awards were officially announced on 22 October, and I was delighted to heard great news that my latest book, Clubbing Together, has been shortlisted in the ‘Research Book of the Year’ category. The shortlist was announced at events hosted simultaneously in Read More

Out of the Box

In London, as in many other diaspora locations, the commemoration of Scotland’s patron saint on St Andrew’s Day preceded the official establishment of ethnic associations, but they soon grew out of the celebrations. The earliest Scottish society that formalized its activities in this way was an association initially known as the Scots Hospital or Corporation. Read More

James Keir Hardie in New Zealand

On this day in 1856, James Keir Hardie was born near Holytown, a small town close to Motherwell. He had a most interesting life, and even those with different political views would probably concede that his contributions in making the Labour Party were critical to British political life. What I want to focus on today, Read More

Soldiers of Empire

As soldiers of the British imperial armies Scots were visible on many African battlegrounds, including in West Africa, Egypt and, most notably, in South Africa. Scottish regiments were conspicuous, earning ‘accolades as empirebuilders’. Or, as Richard Finlay has observed, ‘[u]ndoubtedly, the military contribution of the Scottish regiments was the most important factor in the propagation Read More

War and the ancestral homeland

The ways in which military service could connect and re-connect soldiers with the Scottish homeland – an issue explored in more detail here – was not restricted to ex-servicemen: war effectively promoted contact between the old world and the new. Throughout the diaspora, Scottish clubs and societies sought to promote the establishment of Scottish regiments, Read More

The growth of Highland Games in North America

The most visible change in Scottish associational activities in North America was the proliferation of Caledonian Games from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. And it was Caledonian societies and clubs who were chiefly responsible for their organization, triggered by the general popularization of Scottish sports. The seminal study of the emergence and evolution of Highland Games Read More

Scotland’s Near Diaspora

While characterized by a generally smaller migration flow than that to overseas destinations, the number of Scots who made their way to towns and cities within the British and Irish Isles is significant, reflecting the long tradition of Scottish mobility that began to extend beyond the borders of Scotland on a more significant level in Read More

Transnational Charity: The First World War and Beyond

With the commencement of the First World War a range of charitable initiatives developed that linked the Scots in Asia directly back to Scotland; many of these initiatives proved enduring long past the end of the war. In 1914, the Colombo St Andrew’s Day dinner organized by the Society was cancelled as a result of Read More

The New Plymouth Scottish Women’s Club

The New Plymouth Scottish Women’s Club was formed by a group of women who were either born in Scotland themselves or were of Scottish descent in New Plymouth in New Zealand’s North Island. The Club had three main objectives: (1) to encourage and foster an interest in Scotland, Scottish traditions, history, song, story, etc.; (2) Read More

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