By Angela McCarthy
Migration from the British "Celtic fringe" because the eighteenth century has had an important effect at the politics, economics, demography, sociology and tradition of the recent international, as forces shaping overseas politics or even battle. The authors use new fabric to discover Scottish migrant networks and private stories in components resembling the Caribbean, New Zealand and Australia.
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Extra resources for A Global Clan: Scottish Migrant Networks and Identity since the Eighteenth Century (International Library of Historical Studies)
The Governor upon the dismissal of the Collectors was so good as to remember me, and knowing the connection that was between Bogle and me, told him that I had better stay in Calcutta. 95 Elliot rose quickly through the ranks of the Company’s civil service, maintaining his Scottish connections in a complementary relationship to his professional British affiliations. It is telling, however, that when he died in 1778 he did so in the company of three men from across Scotland, rather than just kinsmen or regional associates.
86 The Scottish elements of a sojourner’s network can be viewed, therefore, as an intermediate layer between South Asian, European, and British dimensions on the one hand and kinship and regional imperatives on the other. The 1782 appeal for patronage by Lieutenant Malcolm Macpherson in Madras to Adjutant-General John Macpherson in Bengal reveals how sojourners meshed together putative kinship, local affiliation, professional standing, and common Scottishness. Malcolm noted: Although I have not the honor of being personally acquainted with you, yet on the score of our being countrymen and name sakes; (and also as I am told) connected, I take the liberty of writing you a second time.
15 The testimonies, networks, and identities of transients in the East throw new light on these thorny questions of Scottish ethnicity and putative exceptionalism. This chapter argues that Scottish sojourning in India is best understood by investigating how ethnic, national, regional, and kinship identities were mutually influential rather than somehow distinct from each other. Using sources such as family and business letters, journals, and wills, it examines how Scottish influences, together with professional, European, and British networks, provided a dynamic context that affirmed yet also reshaped a sojourner’s identity.