Scottish Exodus

Travels Among a Worldwide Clan

Author: James Hunter

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1845968476

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 9413

Millions of Scots have left their homeland during the last 400 years. Until now, they have been written about in general terms. Scottish Exodus breaks new ground by taking particular emigrants, drawn from the once-powerful Clan MacLeod, and discovering what happened to them and their families. These people became, among other things, French aristocrats, Polish resistance fighters, Texan ranchers, New Zealand shepherds, Australian goldminers, Aboriginal and African-American activists, Canadian mounted policemen and Confederate rebels. One nineteenth-century MacLeod even went so far as to swap his Gaelic for Arabic and his Christianity for Islam before settling down comfortably in Cairo. This gripping account of Scotland's worldwide diaspora is based on unpublished documents, letters and family histories. It is also based on the author's travels in the company of today's MacLeods - some of them still in Scotland, others further afield. Scottish Exodus is a tale of disastrous voyages, famine and dispossession, the hazards of pioneering on faraway frontiers. But it is also the moving story of how people separated from Scotland by hundreds of years and thousands of miles continue to identify with the small country where their journeyings began.

White People, Indians, and Highlanders

Tribal Peoples and Colonial Encounters in Scotland and America

Author: Colin G. Calloway

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 0195340124

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 742

A comparative approach to the American Indians and Scottish Highlanders, this book examines the experiences of clans and tribal societies, which underwent parallel experiences on the peripheries of Britain's empire in Britain, the United States, and Canada.

Scotland and the British Empire

Author: John MacDonald MacKenzie,T. M. Devine

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199573247

Category: History

Page: 323

View: 8322

Examines the key roles of Scots in central aspects of the Atlantic and imperial economies from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, and demonstrates that an understanding of the relationship between Scotland and the British Empire is vital both for the understanding of the histories of that country and of many territories of the Empire.


Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Academic libraries

Page: N.A

View: 2909


The Scottish World

A Journey Into the Scottish Diaspora

Author: Billy Kay

Publisher: Mainstream


Category: History

Page: 303

View: 1893

While others have wrung their hands and despaired over the self-confidence of the Scots, Billy Kay has travelled the world from Bangkok to Brazil, Warsaw to Waikiki and found ringing endorsements for the Scottish people and their contribution in every country he has visited. As a distinguished broadcaster for BBC Radio Scotland, Kay has expanded people's view of Scotland by uncovering remarkable stories of our wealthy merchant community in Gdansk; of national geniuses of Scots descent, such as Lermontov in Russia and Grieg in Norway; of an American Civil War begun in the St Andrews Society of Charleston; of pioneering Scots establishing football in soccer strongholds like Barcelona and S o Paulo; and of our amazing direct involvement in liberation movements in Malawi, Chile, Peru, Greece, Corsica and India. As a gifted linguist, Kay was able to communicate directly with people in Russian and German, French and Portuguese. For example, the moving material he has gathered on the Scots working with the street kids of Belo Horizonte in Brazil was made possible because he could speak to the children in their own language. THE SCOTTISH WORLD is a celbration of the great contribution the Scots have made to the modern world.

Scots in the North American West, 1790-1917

Author: Ferenc Morton Szasz

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806132532

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 1925

"Scots trappers dominated the fur trade, often proving more loyal to clan than to trading company or nation. Relying on centuries of experience raising livestock for British markets, Scottish investors and managers became highly visible in the post-Civil War western cattle industry with thriving outfits such as the Swan Land and Cattle Company in Wyoming. They introduced new breeds to western ranching, such as the Aberdeen Angus, that remain popular today. Similarly, Scots herders dominated the western sheep industry, running herds of over 100,000 animals. Andrew Little's sheep ranch in Idaho was so famous that a letter addressed simply "Andy Little, USA" found its intended recipient.

New York History

Quarterly Journal of the New York State Historical Association

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: New York (State)

Page: N.A

View: 344



A Study in Island History

Author: Richard Sharpe

Publisher: N.A


Category: Raasay (Scotland)

Page: 96

View: 6117



A Landscape Without Figures

Author: John A. Love

Publisher: Birlinn Limited


Category: History

Page: 302

View: 6514

The human story of this, the most spectacular of the Hebridean islands, is revealed in a history that is both fascinating and varied.


Die Geschichte meiner Familie und einer Gesellschaft in der Krise

Author: J. D. Vance

Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage

ISBN: 3843715777

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 9764

Seine Großeltern versuchten, mit Fleiß und Mobilität der Armut zu entkommen und sich in der Mitte der Gesellschaft zu etablieren. Doch letztlich war alles vergeblich. J. D. Vance erzählt die Geschichte seiner Familie — eine Geschichte vom Scheitern und von der Resignation einer ganzen Bevölkerungsschicht. Armut und Chaos, Hilflosigkeit und Gewalt, Drogen und Alkohol: Genau in diesem Teufelskreis befinden sich viele weiße Arbeiterfamilien in den USA — entfremdet von der politischen Führung, abgehängt vom Rest der Gesellschaft, anfällig für populistische Parolen. Früher konnten sich die »Hillbillys«, die weißen Fabrikarbeiter, erhoffen, sich zu Wohlstand zu schuften. Doch spätestens gegen Ende des 20sten Jahrhunderts zog der Niedergang der alten Industrien ihre Familien in eine Abwärtsspirale, in der sie bis heute stecken. Vance gelingt es wie keinem anderen, diese ausweglose Situation und die Krise einer ganzen Gesellschaft eindrücklich zu schildern. Sein Buch bewegte Millionen von Lesern in den USA und erklärt nicht zuletzt den Wahltriumph eines Donald Trump.

Vom Winde verweht

der berühmte Klassiker

Author: Margaret Mitchell

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 3843707685

Category: Fiction

Page: 1120

View: 7148

Keine andere Liebesgeschichte hat das Publikum auf der ganzen Welt so mitgerissen wie diese große Saga um die verwöhnte Scarlett O'Hara und ihren zynischen Verehrer Rhett Butler.Mit einzigartiger Intensität zeichnet Margaret Mitchell nach, wie eine große Liebe zerbricht und lässt gleichzeitig eine längst vergangene Epoche lebendig werden. Die Südstaatlerin Scarlett O'Hara ist jung und vom Leben verwöhnt. Als Tochter eines Plantagenbesitzers lebt sie im Luxus auf dem Familiengut Tara, und es mangelt ihr nicht an Verehrern. Doch der Ausbruch des Bürgerkriegs verändert mit einem Schlag alles. Plötzlich muss Scarlett mit aller Kraft um die Erhaltung ihres Familienbesitzes kämpfen. Ein Mann taucht immer wieder in ihrem Leben auf und steht ihr in den Wirren der Nachkriegszeit bei: der skrupellose Kriegsgewinnler Rhett Butler. Zwischen ihm und Scarlett entwickelt sich eine große Liebe, doch beide sind auch viel zu stolz und eigensinnig, um diese Liebe zu leben... Margaret Mitchells Klassiker wurde sofort nach Erscheinen im Jahre 1936 zum Bestseller und hat seitdem Millionen Leser auf der ganzen Welt begeistert. Die legendäre Verfilmung drei Jahre später machte Vivien Leigh als Scarlett und Clark Gable als Rhett zum berühmtesten Liebespaar der Filmgeschichte.

Son of a Highlander

Author: Alistair MacLeod

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1514442795

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 96

View: 4090

Son of a Highlander is the true story of the author, a third-generation Australian of Scottish Highland descent discovering his ancestral history over eight generations, from father to son. This is a search for authenticity of a verbal story handed down over a two-hundred-year period, along with a 1797 penny and a collection of photos and correspondence that are one hundred years old, which were from his late grandfather’s old tattered leather case. The author descended from the Clan MacLeod—Clan meaning “Children in Scottish Gaelic,” Mac meaning “son in Gaelic,” and the Leod derived from the Viking era; it basically means “children of the son of Leod.” The family originated from a small two-acre semisubsistent existence on the Isle of Skye in far western Scotland. The Macleod Clan was once a warrior race that feuded with neighboring clans in the most bloodiest of warfare. A clan system of traditions and culture that lasted hundreds of years that eventually came to an end with the notorious Highland Clearance, whereby thousands of people were evicted from their lands and replaced by sheep. With the mass exodus of people, some forcibly left while others left in desperation. This book is the history of one Highland family who survived a dangerous sailing journey to Australia only to continue their struggle against adversity on foreign soil. A search for the whereabouts of a Gaelic-speaking great-great-grandfather to discover he was sent to an island off the Australian coast, where he eventually died and was buried in a pauper’s grave along with 8,500 souls, whose only crime was that they were poor. This book is a must read for anyone wishing to trace their own ancestral history. It will inspire you and encourage you toward your own personal voyage of discovery.

Der riesige O'Brien


Author: Hilary Mantel

Publisher: Dumont Buchverlag

ISBN: 3832187685

Category: Fiction

Page: 254

View: 2488

Man schreibt das Jahr 1782, und Charles O’Brien flüchtet vor dem Hunger aus Irland nach London. O’Brien ist nicht nur von außerordentlich großer Gestalt, er ist auch ein Barde, ein Mann der Balladen und Geschichten, der von den alten Mythen erzählt, von Königen und Feen. In London, so verspricht ihm sein Freund und Impresario Joe, wird er eine Sensation sein. Als »der riesige O’Brien« lässt er sich von den sensationslüsternen Massen begaffen. Unter den Schaulustigen ist aber auch ein Mann, dessen scharfer Blick O’Brien Angst einjagt – es ist John Hunter, Anatom und Sezierer, berühmt für seine Experimente und fieberhaft auf der Suche nach dem Geheimnis des Lebens. Als O’Brien eines Tages entdeckt, dass er erneut zu wachsen bginnt, weiß er, dass er nicht mehr lange zu leben hat. Und wieder erscheint Hunter.