By Angela McCarthy
Migration from the British "Celtic fringe" because the eighteenth century has had an important impression at the politics, economics, demography, sociology and tradition of the recent global, as forces shaping overseas politics or even conflict. The authors use new fabric to discover Scottish migrant networks and private studies in parts similar to the Caribbean, New Zealand and Australia.
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Extra info for A Global Clan: Scottish Migrant Networks and Identity since the Eighteenth Century (International Library of Historical Studies)
Indeed, other ethnic groups tended to network in ways similar to the Scots. 105 The evidence relating to Scots sojourning in the East supports such criticism. In South Asia, networks and identities were inherently flexible and multifaceted in character. Albeit racial, religious, economic, professional, and national prejudices produced varying degrees of interaction, Scots freely associated with Indian merchants and concubines, European nationals, and fellow Britons. Although the Scots were not exceptional in how they organized their sojourning to Asia, aspects of their networking and identity were nonetheless distinctive.
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89 In this way, regional and professional loyalties created obligations that connected families from across Scotland. Scottishness was useful in other ways. As Scots in India established that they had mutual acquaintances at home, they placed a greater degree of trust in each other more quickly. Despite having no kin or local connections, Colonel John Cumming of Altyre lent money to Lieutenant John Rattray of Kinloch. Cumming noted to his lawyer in Edinburgh: Lieutenant Rattray (whom you formerly recommended to me) has apply’d to me to assist him with money to clear the present debts on an estate that is left him.