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The Scots in Victorian and Edwardian Belfast

A Study in Elite Migration

Kyle Hughes

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A new departure in Scottish and Irish migration studies

The Scottish diasporic communities closest to home—those which are part of what we sometimes term the ‘near Diaspora’—are those we know least about. Whilst an interest in the overseas Scottish diaspora has grown in recent years, Scots who chose to settle in other parts of the United Kingdom have been largely neglected. This book addresses this imbalance.

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List of Maps and Figures
List of Tables
1. The Scots in Belfast: A Demographic Profile
2. Capital and Control: Scottish Industrialists in Belfast to 1914
3. Scottish Associational Culture and the Host Community
4. Home Rule and the Politics of Scottish Identity
5. Within and Without: Scottish Presbyterian Ministers in Belfast
Appendix: Biographical Details

About the Author

Kyle Hughes is Lecturer in British History at University of Ulster, Coleraine.


'Hughes’ study not only adds to our understanding of the nineteenth-century Scots diaspora, but speaks to a wider phenomenon of new migrants who arrived to a destination with an already established, even hyphenated, population which claimed the same cultural background. In the case of nineteenth-century Belfast this is complicated further by the emergence of a parallel British identity and the very different relationships of Scotland and Ireland to the British state. That Hughes does this, while at the same time producing a very readable portrait of a migrant community, is of great credit to him.'

- Gerard Horn, Church of Ireland College of Education, Dublin, International Review of Scottish Studies

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