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The Scottish Diaspora

Tanja Bueltmann, Andrew Hinson, Graeme Morton

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A history of the Scottish diaspora from c.1700 to 1945

Did you know that Scotland was one of Europe's main population exporters in the age of mass migration? Or that the Scottish Honours System was introduced as far afield as New Zealand?

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Figures, Tables and Maps
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Diaspora: Defining a Concept
Section I: Themes
Chapter 3: Scotland: The Twa Lands
Chapter 4: Scottish Migrants: Numbers and Demographics
Chapter 5: The Emigration Experience
Chapter 6: Encounters with Indigenous Peoples
Chapter 7: Associational Culture
Chapter 8: Return Migration
Section II: Geographies
Chapter 9: Within the British and Irish Isles
Chapter 10: The United States
Chapter 11: Canada
Chapter 12: Africa
Chapter 13: Asia
Chapter 14: The Antipodes

About the Author

Dr Tanja Bueltmann is Senior Lecturer in History at Northumbria University. Her recent monograph Scottish Ethnicity and the Making of New Zealand Society, 1850 to 1930 (Edinburgh, 2011) was short-listed for the Saltire Society Scottish History Book of the Year. She has published widely on the history of the Scottish and English diasporas, co-editing Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010 (Liverpool, 2012). Bueltmann is Co-Investigator of the AHRC funded project 'Locating the Hidden Diaspora: The English in North America in Transatlantic Perspective, 1760-1950’.

Dr. Andrew Hinson is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. He co-edited Ties of Bluid, Kin and Countrie: Scottish Associational Culture in the Diaspora (Guelph, 2009) and has authored several articles on the Scots in Canada. His research focus is on clubs, societies and on the role of the Presbyterian Church in the Scottish diaspora.

Graeme Morton is Professor of Modern History at the University of Dundee having previous held the inaugural Scottish Studies Foundation Chair at the University of Guelph. His research focus falls on national identity, associational culture and diaspora studies. Recent publications include Ourselves and Others: Scotland, 1832–1914 (Edinburgh, 2012), A History of Everyday Life in Scotland, 1800 to 1900 (Edinburgh, 2010) and Irish and Scottish Encounters with Indigenous Peoples (Montreal & Kingston, 2013).


The global impact of Scots has been an exciting area of Scottish historical studies in recent times: this book delivers sophistication, definition and clear guidance to the complexities of the field. Its coverage is extensive and its approach is critical. It will appeal to anyone with a serious interest in Scottish history in its widest sense.

- Ewen Cameron, University of Edinburgh

With Scotland’s identity under the spotlight, this book is particularly timely. Through a comprehensive chronological, thematic and geographical lens, the authors have produced an academic but accessible study in which existing scholarship is successfully synthesised with penetrating new analysis of the impact of Scotland’s diaspora on participants, homeland and hostlands.

- Marjory Harper, University of Aberdeen

'This book is a must-read for anyone with even a passing interest in the Scottish diaspora. It illustrates broader patterns, provides a good introduction to some of the major themes and issues at play in the study of diaspora, and establishes the key locations where the presence of Scots is still felt today.'

- Laura Harrison, University of Edinburgh, International Review of Scottish Studies