A Global Clan: Scottish Migrant Networks and Identity since by Angela McCarthy

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 hot international, as forces shaping overseas politics or even struggle. The authors use new fabric to discover Scottish migrant networks and private reviews in components corresponding to the Caribbean, New Zealand and Australia.

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56 Such arithmetic witnessed the development of sophisticated and multinational commercial networks that intersected with, and operated between, the nominally competitive East India companies. When dealing with the Danish Asiatic Company, in particular, Scottish sojourners possessed some relative advantages. In 1773 David Brown was appointed governor of the Danish base of Tranquebar. 57 Combining his formal Danish status with informal Scottish networking, Brown established contact with Alexander Pringle of Whytebank, who commenced supplying textiles to the Danish Company.

It will conclude that Scots in Asia developed cyclical networks and identities that evolved (or revolved) in response to the process of departure, residence abroad, and the prospect of returning home. A Culture of Communication: Sojourning in the East Indies Any attempt to understand the nature of Scottish sojourning in Asia is made easier by the quantity and quality of the written sources that transients left behind. The survival of so much material is surprising given the immense distances that separated those in Asia from their families.

George Bogle of Daldowie, a civil servant in Calcutta, noted in a 1770 letter to Scotland: Whenever a few persons are together and secluded from society with the rest of the world, they are naturally more attached to each other. The natives are so different in their manners, language and religion that it is impossible to have any intercourse with them but on business. 48 EUROPEANS, BRITONS, AND SCOTS 27 Other accounts by sojourning Scots noted this process whereby many Europeans felt themselves to be a deeply resented minority, under constant physical, social, and cultural siege.

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