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From: Jim Pettit <>
Subject: Re: What is the meaning of the term "Scot-Irish"
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2003 11:24:35 GMT
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Sean MacLochlainn wrote:
> Antrim and Down had a large Presbyterian population because they had
> recently been planted themselves.

If I understand you right, you define any group of immigrants whether
sponsored by an outside agency, attracted by a local landowner, or
arriving spontaneously as being planted. Given that, because of Ulster's
bogs and hills, the main exchange of people in Ulster was by sea between
Ulster and Scotland until the 18th century rather than Ulster and the
other Irish provinces, that makes all of Ulster's people planted.

The situation is further complicated by the fact that the west coast of
Scotland was settled by an Irish tribe, the Scotti, from Antrim and that
Antrim, for a portion of its history formed part of the Kingdom of the
Isles so that Ulster is probably as much Scottish as Irish. The Gaelic
of the upper classes was almost identical until recently.

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