In Scotland’s near diaspora regional centres were especially important in the development of Scottish associational culture, including, for instance, Norwich. A Scots Society was established there in 1775, and eventually was given the name of the Society of Universal Good-Will, under which it began to operate from the early 1780s—though the Scots Society name was largely maintained. It was at a celebration of Scotland’s patron saint that the decision was made to combine sociability with philanthropy when ‘an overplus of three shillings and sixpence’, to which ‘ten shillings were added, to relieve any poor Scotchman who might come to Norwich … Read more
There has been an unprecedented upsurge in scholarly interest in migration from various source countries to many different destinations throughout the last two decades. Demographers, sociologists, and historians have explored the causes and consequences of migration, as well as the impact particular migrant groups and population flows have had on both the sending and receiving countries. Museum exhibitions, and television and radio programmes further reflect that there is also an increased interest in the subject by wider audiences.
The Scottish Diaspora Blog is the digital home for my work on the Scots abroad. I post stories regularly that deal with … Read more