Children of the diaspora
The ‘homecoming’ of the second-generation Scot in the seventeenth century
in Emigrant homecomings
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This chapter discusses a number of case studies of individuals born outwith Scotland but who, for various reasons, returned to the British Isles either temporarily or on a permanent basis. Like Charles Louis, the commodity so often sought by the foreign-born Scot was Scottish military expertise. His visit is symptomatic of a whole slew of second-generation Scots who arrived in Britain with an agenda seeking to gain something either for themselves personally or for the country of their birth. Research into the Scottish military community in the seventeenth century appears to show that the retention of Scottish identity displayed within the Strachan family replicates similar patterns found in the early modern period. Many of the individuals formed themselves into brotherhoods and societies designed to ensure that the Scottish community upheld a solidarity with members of their own nation.

Emigrant homecomings

The return movement of emigrants, 1600–2000

Editor: Marjory Harper


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