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Subject: [S-I] Scots in Ulster
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2009 20:18:26 EST
Scots in Ulster: valuable guide to our heritage
by Billy Kennedy
A highly innovative, deeply informative and superbly designed Surname Map
and Pocket History on the Scots in Ulster (the first Scottish Migrations to
Ulster 1606-1641) has just been produced, with an initial 15,000 copies made
available to the public.
The Surname Map and Pocket History has been published by the Ulster-Scots
Agency and the Ulster Historical Foundation and is sponsored by Tourism Ireland.
It acts as a valuable guide to those involved in genealogical and historical
work on the 17th century Scottish Plantation and 18th century migration to
Hundreds of surnames appear, taken from the lists of first families who made
the short sea journey from Lowland Scotland across to Ulster from 1608 in
the movement initiated by Sir Hugh Montgomery and James Hamilton.
The sepia-coloured document, complete with detailed maps and illustrations,
depicts celebrated Ulster landmarks like Derry's Walls, Monea Castle (Co
Fermanagh), Rathmullan Church (Co Donegal), Dunluce Castle (Co Antrim),
Springhill (Co Londonderry) and Killyleagh Castle (Co Down).
It was compiled by William J. Roulston, an Ulster-Scots Agency Board member
and Ulster Historical Foundation official, and designed by Mark Thompson,
Chairman of the Ulster-Scots Agency.
The storyline in the Surname Map and Pocket History traces the Plantation of
Ulster; the Presbyterian religion of the settlers; the 1641 Rebellion; the
Cromwellian and Restoration periods; the Williamite Wars in Ulster; the early
18th century settlements in Ulster; Presbyterianism in the 18th century;
Emigration to Colonial America; and popular protest - the 1798 Rebellion and the
Act of Union, with an insight into what life was like in the Ulster of
200-300 years ago.
There is even a section on the whiskey-making tradition, centering on the
Old Bushmills Distillery in North Antrim.
"This is a highly commendable historical, cultural and genealogical work
which will greatly assist in proclaiming to a wider audience the absorbing story
of the Ulster-Scots diaspora, from Scotland to north-east Ireland and thence
to the American colonies," said George Patton, Chief Executive of the
• Copies of the Surname Map and Pocket History are available from the
Ulster-Scots Agency at 68-72, Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 2BB. Those
interested can also visitwww.ancestryireland.com/scotsinulster
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