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  •  My Scottish ancestors ... (8+ / 0-)

    ... had busy feet!

    Quite a few emigrated to Belfast, then some relocated back to Carlisle after three generations or so and linked up with the Buchanans, who went to the bitter cold port of Rothsey.

    My direct ancestors moved to the USA from there -- then by train, wagon, and foot to Utah.

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    by MT Spaces on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 07:57:22 PM PST

    •  It is amazing, isn't it, how an island nation with (8+ / 0-)

      such a small population has managed to spread itself all over the world?  According to Dad it was because Scotland was such a rainy, cold place with such poor soil that it could not support more than sheep and sheep thieves.  Of course, that was after the Clearances. (And he had never visited it.)

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      by Susan Grigsby on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 08:05:41 PM PST

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      •  It made sense to emigrate! (9+ / 0-)

        The land we see and love is damned poor -- cold, above the tree line, poor soils, et cetera.

        Northern Ireland wasn't much better, and suffered repeated famines, not to mention outright warfare between local natives and Brits.

        Many many "Scots-Irish" populated Appalachia, and brought their music to America with them.

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        by MT Spaces on Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 08:13:47 PM PST

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