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The Many Faces of the Scotch-Irish

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review 2000


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by Michael Montgomery

"Ulster emigrants represented the second-largest stream of Europeans coming to North America in the colonial period, and their descendants number in the millions today.

But they and their legacy are in many ways a paradox. They left few clear traces of their culture, and most of their descendants know little about them. Though they were usually poor, their meagre belongings enabled them to be mobile. They were amongst the most literate of emigrant groups in their day and built schools wherever they went.

Yet they left few records of their own and, except for fragments, have never recorded their own history. Historians, on the other hand, have written much about them and disagreed widely, frequently, and passionately. Far less is known about them than many emigrant groups a fraction their size."

This article examines the many ways in which historians look at the Scotch-Irish, and also how they influenced the present-day language of the United States.