jimlindsaysongwriter - singer song writer
The scots Irish
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While most people associate the immigration to America from Ireland was during the famine in the eighteen hundreds. The immigration from Northern Ireland was a hundred years before that and they became known as the Scots Irish. Over two hundred and fifty thousand left Northern Ireland for America in the seventeen hundreds.  It is estimated over 22 million Americans claim Scots-Irish decent. 
General Henry Knox
General Henry Knox
One Of Four key generals during the American Revolution. Fort Knox and the city of Knoxville Tennessee were all named in his honour
 
 
The Lone Star was the flag of the Scots-Irish
The Lone Star was the flag of the Scots-Irish
It was known as The Bonnie Blue Flag
Princeton University
Princeton University
One of the Universities in America founded by the Scots-Irish
Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett
Mark Twain
Mark Twain
Ulysses Grant
Ulysses Grant
Daniel boon
Daniel boon
Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson

The Nashville flag
The Nashville flag
We have been twin cities with Nashville since 1992

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scots Irish flag in America
Scots Irish flag in America
 
 
 
John Hughes
John Hughes
New York
 
 
 
 
Heartland was the first CD I wrote and recorded. It tells of the immigration of the the Scots-Irish from their ancestral home Northern Ireland to the United States of America in the seventeen hundreds. When people think of immigration from Ireland they automatically think of the famine. The Scots-Irish made their journey one hundred years before that and had pushed on from Pennsylvaina westward on wagon trains. They spread out through Virginia and Tennessee westward to Missouri and the Rio Grande. They had been forced out of Ireland through rack renting and persecution and were not able to practice their faith freely. Most of them would have been Presbyterian and held very strong christian values. Because of the lack on Ministers many converted to the Baptist faith over the years.
They settled in the Appalachian Mountains telling their stories through their songs and so began the birth of country music. Many of the big country stars today are from Scots- Irish stock no-one less than the great Dolly Parton. Blue Grass is one of the main music styles to come from the Appalachian mountains also known as Hillbilly music.  Billy is an old Scottish word for friend and they were all friends and family finding their new freedom in America.
Many famous people came from the Scots-Irish race including thirteen US presidents. Andrew Jackson,Ulysses Grant and Woodrow Wilson are just a few who came from Scots Irish race. In the American war of independence one of the turning points in the war was the defeat of the British forces at Kings Mountain. They suffered heavy losses to the Scots-Irish fronteers men with their long rifles. In the American ciial war they fought on both sides-for the south with Stonewall Jackson-for the north with Ulysses Grant.  Some of the most famous frontiers men from the Scots Irish stock who helped open up the west were men like Jim Bowie,Davie Crockett and Kit Carson. This has been a forgotton history not recognized at times for their contribution to America. The Geddes the Mellons in finance the artronaut Edward D.White the first man to walk in space. Peope like Cyrus McCormic who invented the first practical reaping machine to revolutionize farming in America. The term Scots-Irish is not a hybrid name but means the Scottish who came from Scotland to the north of Ireland and then on to the United States of America. There was not great contact between the Scots and the Irish as the Irish seen them as invaders of their lands. Before the Scots arrived in Ireland during the plantation it was Bog Land and with their skills and hard work they developed the land. Belfast became one of the great Industrial cities in the early ninteen hundreds through its shipbuilding and weaving industries. There is a lot of information on the web site Ulster-scots agency.com  they prefer to use the term Ulster-Scots rather than the term Scots-Irish. Some other famous Scots- Irish are. Stephen Foster one of Americas eminent song writers. Samuel Longhorne Clemens better knowen as Mark Twain. The adventures of Huckleberry Finn was one of his great novels. John Boyd Dunlop the inventer of the first  pneumatic inflatable tyre.
There are many more famous people who came from the North of Ireland and give up everything for a new life in America.
There are many good books available relating to their quest for a better life. Gods Frontiers Men and Born Fighting are two books I would recommend. Some new books by my friend Alister McReynolds
are now available on Amazon.

Gods Frontiers Men
Gods Frontiers Men
Rory Fitzpatrick


Born Fighting
Born Fighting
James Webb



Legacy of the Scots Irish
Legacy of the Scots Irish
Alister McReynolds


Kith And Kin
Kith And Kin
Alister McReynolds

A Scots Irish Tune
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frontier women
from the heartland CD
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