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From: "Larry Howard" <>
Subject: Re: [Scotch-Irish] Colonial New Jersey Immigration
Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2002 13:16:40 -0500
Hello out there. Would like to make a few comments on what I have discerned
about the Scotch-Irish and the Scots.
1) During the early immigration period the US was part of the British
Empire which had an open door policy between England and the colonies. This
would make for less records being generated and maintained.
2) The Scoth-Irish were very different politically from the Scots. Their
attitudes had been hardened by their experience in Ireland. Many Scots were
Loyalists during the revolution but the Scotch-Irish almost exclusively
supported the American revolution. Have read that during the revolution the
Scotch-Irish consisted of about 10-15% of the colonial population and
constituted 30-35% of the American Army.
3) Often the Scotch-Irish chose to live on the frontier where they made
an excellent buffer for the Indians. The Indians were not happy about that
4) There were supposedly two Scotch-Irish forces, one from western
Pennsylvania(Union) and the other from North Carolina(Confederate), that
faced off at Gettysburg. They almost totally decimated one another.
5) Some authors have stated that the spirit of these people were such
that they often did not make good indentured servants.
Larry Howard ... Jacksonville Florida
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