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From: Matthew Harley <>
Subject: Re: What is the meaning of the term "Scot-Irish"
Date: Sun, 09 Mar 2003 21:55:04 +0000
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Sam Sloan wrote:
> What is the meaning of the term "Scot-Irish"

Simple really.

Scoti/Scotti was the Roman name for the Irish pirates who
raided Britain in the later days of the Roman Empire (4th
and 5th centuries). Then a pile of these Irish Scots from
Dal Riata in County Antrim settled across the water in
Northern Britain and gave their name to Scotland.

Then eleven hundred years later a pile of these Scottish
Irish Scottish came back as Presbyterian planters to Ulster
(including Antrim).

Just to complicate things some say that the Scotti of Dal
Riata in Antrim actually came across from the same part of
North Britain, maybe in the Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age!

Then 200+ years later a pile of these Irish Scottish Irish
Scottish British went to America where they simplified
things and called themselves "Scot-Irish".

Matt Harley

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