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From: "jkm" <>
Subject: Re: What is the meaning of the term "Scot-Irish"
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 17:07:33 -0000
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"Elizabeth Lloyd" then "Shawna Reynolds" etc wrote:

> > > > Scotch is a drink...Scots is correct NOT Scotch

> > > That is the term that Genealogy.com uses. . .

> Only in the USA. Never in Scotland!

Never is an awfully long time! Back in the 18th century Boswell happily
referred to himself and his countrymen as Scotch, and in 'History of the
Highland Clearances', written in 1883, Alexander Mackenzie also referred to
his people as Scotch. So the fashion, because that's all it is, for Scots
to correct people who call them Scotch only grew up in the 20th century.
Taken in the context of the times when they crossed the Atlantic it is
perfectly proper for the Scotch-Irish to call themselves just that.

It's not important anyway :-)

Regards
John




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