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Adventurers And Exiles: The Great Scottish Exodus [Hardcover]

Dr Marjory Harper
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27 Feb 2003
'The Scots have always been a restless people', says leading Scottish historian Marjory Harper 'but in the nineteenth century their restlessness exploded into a sustained surge of emigration that carried Scotland almost to the top of a European league table of emigrant exporting countries.' This is the first book to provide a comprehensive account of that 'Great Exodus'. In many ways it challenges the popular belief that the Scottish Diaspora were reluctant exiles. There were indeed those who went unwillingly through clearance, kidnapping or banishment. Orphans, and (frequently against their parents' wishes) children of destitute parents were exported into domestic service by well-meaning institutions. But there were also adventurers, many with fortunes to invest, who went full of hope - and many who left as a response to famine or destitution did so willingly, in the belief that they would improve their lot. There were temporary emigrants too, off for a season's railroad building or a stretch in the East India Company. ow were these people recruited? Where did they embark from, what was the voyage out like? Where did they go? And what happened when they got there? From the Highlands, Lowlands and islands to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Ceylon and India, Harper brings alive the experience of the Scottish emigrant. rawing and quoting from a vast range of contemporary letters, diaries, newspapers and magazines (some examples are attached), this rich, immensely detailed and hugely rewarding book tells the stories of emigrants from diverse backgrounds as well as looking at the wider context of restless mobility that has taken Scots to England and Europe from the middle ages on.

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (27 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861973047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861973047
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.4 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I found it fascinating, and would class it essential reading for anyone with an interest in the Scottish diaspora. -- Chris Nicholson, Scots Magazine

Impeccable historical accumen is matched by her skill with a well turned anecdote. -- Good Book Guide

The research alone makes this book hugely impressive...A very entertaining book and a sobering one. -- Gerard De Groot, Scotland on Sunday --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Marjory Harper is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Aberdeen.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Readable, Memorable, Anecdotal 18 Aug 2008
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Harper's highly readable account of the Scottish exodus is exhaustive, stimulating and impeccably researched. There are hazardous, often deadly voyages, rapacious emigration agents, and a sense of precious resources departing for foreign shores, draining the country of talent, manpower and human capital. The luminous accounts from contemporary newspapers show a people acutely divided between a bitter quest for improved circumstances and their abiding love for their homeland. There is a heart-rending chapter on orphan emigrants sent to a controversial, uncertain and often exploitative future on foreign shores. Tells you the why, the where and the how of their exodus and occasional return.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Readable, Memorable, Anecdotal 18 Aug 2008
By M BRINSLEY - Published on Amazon.com
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Harper's highly readable account of the Scottish exodus is exhaustive, stimulating and impeccably researched. There are hazardous, often deadly voyages, rapacious emigration agents, and a sense of precious resources departing for foreign shores, draining the country of talent, manpower and human capital. The luminous accounts from contemporary newspapers show a people acutely divided between a bitter quest for improved circumstances and their abiding love for their homeland. There is a heart-rending chapter on orphan emigrants sent to a controversial, uncertain and often exploitative future on foreign shores. Tells you the why, the where and the how of their exodus and occasional return.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adventures with the Great Scottish Exodus 9 Jan 2007
By Chipito - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As an amateur genealogist searching out our family's Scottish roots, I found this book to be an exellent reference to add to my library. It should prove especially valuable to Canadian genealogists, but I was a little disappointed in the depth of coverage of Scotland-USA exodus, which was my primary interest.

All in all though this is a well researched tome that sheds a bright light on the Scottish diaspora. Definitely recommended.
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