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What do you know about the reasons for emigration from Scotland?

I know that my family were all driven by economic concerns – this includes the ag labs and the more well-to-do business men with too many children to establish well in Scotland.

If you live overseas yourself, where do you live and can you say a few words about your personal Scottish diaspora story?

My Scottish ancestors emigrated to New Zealand (mostly to the South Island) in the 1850s and 1860s (although one left it until 1901). They married almost exclusively into Scottish families for the next 100 years. Interestingly, they intermarried with immigrants from just a small area of Scotland, where they themselves had come from – the Lothians.

I myself emigrated to Canada from New Zealand in 1970.

Have any of your ancestors or members of your family emigrated? If so, where to? And do you know anything about their story overseas?

Not sure what is meant by this question. As I grew up in a colony (New Zealand), all my ancestors emigrated from Scotland to there.

What do you think is the legacy of the Scots abroad?

A regard for education and “plain” religion. In Canada and New Zealand they became both the business and the political elite.

Ending with something light-hearted: what did you think when first looking at the image called ‘Piper Kerr and Emperor penguin’?

Everyone likes the bagpipes; even the penguins.

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