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The Scottish Diaspora by Tanja Bueltmann

By Tanja Bueltmann

This entire introductory background of the Scottish diaspora explores the migration of Scots abroad, their stories the place they settled and the influence of this migration on Scotland. The publication is special in masking either the geographies of the diaspora and key theories, innovations and issues, together with associationalism and go back migration. As readers revisit those topics during the booklet they are going to achieve an knowing of migration flows, vacation spot international locations and the legacies of émigré Scots in a foreign country and at domestic.

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4 The impetus for connecting with migrant relatives long gone can be seen in other settings where families are fractured by distance. After the great battles of the First World War were over, the British government made funds available for families to bring home the bodies of the fallen. 5 The campaign’s most popular English language poem, ‘In Flanders Fields’, published in Punch in 1915, was written by Scottish Canadian military doctor Colonel John McCrae. As relatives remembered their dead, ‘homeland’ had become and was to remain the poppy fields and graves of Flanders fields: In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.

Language has also played a role. Both Scots and Gaelic, the latter especially, have brought and kept Scots together as groups and communities in many different settlements, including regional, island and religious communities. 47 Most comprehensively of all, the administrative pull of the English language brought disparate strands together as the lingua franca of Empire. Religion has also been a major pathway to Scottish diasporan identity, with Presbyterianism maintaining a link to the Church ordinances in Edinburgh and Roman Catholics to the re-established Scottish Hierarchy in 1878.

23–4. Molloy, Those Who Speak to the Heart. 59. McCarthy, ‘ “For spirit and adventure”, p. 125. 1 Munro is a Laidlaw, part of a family history traced down the line to another harvester of stories, James Hogg, fellow Borderer and long-time friend of the historical novelist Sir Walter Scott. Munro’s ancestors were like many lowlanders in the 1830s that had suffered too long the economic difficulties of a downturn in the hosiery trade. In hope, they had bundled up their belongings and searched for prosperity and a new life in Canada.

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