Returning to Belhelvie, 1593–1875
The impact of return migration on an Aberdeenshire parish
in Emigrant homecomings
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Emigration and return migration from and to Belhelvie are a process that continues, with many parishioners working abroad in Scandinavia, Indonesia and Malaysia in the oil industry, or serving abroad in the armed forces. David Skene family shows the multi-layered nature of Belhelvie's link with the Baltic, but there is another individual with a link to the parish who is better known for his Polish connections. It was through the wealth he gained in his Baltic trade that William Forbes could acquire several properties in Aberdeenshire. The economic exploitation of the Indies, both East and West, proved to be a vital source of income for the empire and the Honourable East India Company (EIC) was the main instrument of the exploitation. The wealth that the Lumsdens of Belhelvie earned in India certainly provided a large economic boost to the parish.

Emigrant homecomings

The return movement of emigrants, 1600–2000

Editor: Marjory Harper

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