The Scotch-Irish in America was first published by Princeton University Press in 1915 and was written by Henry Jones Ford, Professor of Politics at the University. Containing some 607 printed pages Ford's history of the Scots-Irish, although almost a century old, is still seen by many as the seminal introduction both to the plantation of Ulster and the exodus of the Scots-Irish from Ulster to America.
Researched from a multitude of secondary and primary source material such as the Calendars of State Papers for Ireland, America the West Indies as well as the Carew Manuscripts, Ford's aim in publishing The Scotch-Irish in America was an ambitious attempt to describe the events that led to the creation of a people with a unique and describable psyche and how the mass-exodus of this group of people from Ulster helped to create an independent America. Although written by an academic with the rigours of academic research to the fore, Ford's presentation of this monumental work is far from dry and is very readable.
Introduced with a description of the Ulster Plantation before the arrival of the Scots in Ulster in the chapters that follow Ford describes in general terms the nature of the Scots that were attracted to the Ulster Plantation as well as the causes of their migration from Scotland to Ireland at the beginning of the 17th century. He also amply describes, primarily through the utilisation of the various collections of State Papers at his disposal the migration of the Scots to Ulster as well as their formative influence on the development of a unique Ulster identity. These chapters hugely benefit from a number of appendices including a list of the 'Scottish Undertakers' who were amongst the first to apply for grants of land in Ulster in September 1609. However, it is to the second mass-exodus of Scots-Irish to America that began towards the end of the 17th century to which Ford gives greatest emphasis in his work. Beginning with a description of the most-prominent Scots-Irish settlements in America such as Maryland and Pennsylvania, Ford provides entire chapters describing the Scots-Irish settlement of New England, New York, the Colonial Frontiers and the Jerseys before detailing their dominant role in the development of the American Presbyterian Church. Ford Concludes The Scotch-Irish in America with chapters on the Scots-Irish involvement in the westward expansion of America, as well as the roles played in the development and spread of popular education and the birth of the American nation by many individuals that would have identified themselves first and foremost as Scots-Irish.
The Scotch-Irish in America is concluded with a number of very interesting appendices such as the list of Scottish Undertakers and Galloway's Account of the American Revolution as well as a list of sources and full index of persons and places cited in the publication. The Scotch-Irish in America is a must for anyone interested in the Scots plantation of Ulster and their subsequent role in the development of an independent American nation.
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Charles Hanna's "The Scotch-Irish, or the Scot in North Britain, North Ireland, and North America" is a vital source for anyone interested in the history of the involvement of Scottish settlers in Ireland or North America. Published in two volumes in 1902, and running to more than 1,200 pages, this resource is packed with details on the origin and migration of Scottish people over the course of twelve centuries. The author did not intent to produce a history of the Scotch-Irish people, as 'such a work would require more time and labor than have been expended upon the present undertaking' (vol. i, p. v). Nonetheless, Hanna succeeded in providing an impressive, lucid and readable account of the principal developments in Scottish, Irish and American history and Scots Irish influenced philosophical thought until the end of the seventeenth century.
Volume one of Hanna's work focuses on Scotland and Ireland, and there is little that is not detailed. The plantations of the early seventeenth century, both the private plantations of Antrim and Down, and the state backed settlement of the west-Ulster counties, receive fulsome treatment. Researchers will particularly appreciate that Hanna quotes extensively from source material that can now be difficult to obtain, including George Hill's Plantation of Ulster, Nicholas Pynnar's 1619 survey on the progress of the plantation and from various accounts in the State papers. The development of an organised Presbyterian church during the 1640s is also recounted, and readers unfamiliar with this ecclesiastical development will learn that 'on the 10th of June, 1642, the first regular presbytery of the Church in Ireland was constituted at Carrickfergus' (vol. i, p. 567), and that state payment to Presbyterian ministers, the 'regium donum', commenced in 1672 (vol. i, p. 580). The Williamite Revolution, which included the siege of Derry and the Protestant victory at Enniskillen, also receives extensive treatment (vol. i, pp 582-603).
In volume two, Hanna shifts the focus to North America, and concentrates on the development of Scottish settlements in New England and along the eastern seaboard during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Early censuses and surveys are transcribed, which will assist researchers interested in the development of Scots Irish settlement at this juncture (vol. ii, pp 94-130). Extensive appendices provide important additional information, including the lists of the principal Scottish names (vol. ii, pp 422-440), the location of Scottish families in Ireland (vol. ii, pp 518-527) and a detailed lists of Scottish peers, lords, office holders and members of the Scottish parliament, until it was dissolved in 1707 (vol. ii, pp 440-518).
Like most of our titles, Hanna's "The Scotch-Irish, or the Scot in North Britain, North Ireland, and North America" is fully searchable, and researchers with an interest in human migration and in the history of Scotland, Ireland or North America will find this an extremely useful resource and thought provoking source, which will stimulate future study.
Sometimes given the sub title of sketches of the history of the Scottish settlers in Ulster this book was originally published as a series of articles in the Scotsman newspaper in the spring of 1888, which were written by the Edinburgh based journalist John Harrison. Written at a time when Home Rule was becoming increasingly popular this publication attempts to justify the right of the people of Ulster to protest against any separation from the Union with Great Britain.
Harrison traces the history of the Scot in Ulster from the beginning right through the Plantation of Ulster, the Rebellion of 1641, the 1798 Rebellion and beyond the 1801 Act of Union. He emphasises the point that the Scot in Ulster was fundamentally different from the native Irish, that they were in fact two separate races even in 1888. But he hoped that the chasm between the two could be bridged but that would only occur "if they both continue to live in the full communion of that great empire".
This original version also includes the catalogue of the publishers, William Blackwood & sons.
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