Glen Moyer

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

King James I wanted to strengthen his rule in Northern Ireland where the Roman Catholic Irish were generally opposed to English rule. James tried to move a great number of Scots and English but the English were not so willing whereas the lowland Scots, given the poor conditions of their country saw the move as a way to improve their state in life.

If you live overseas yourself, where do you live and can you say a few words about your personal Scottish diaspora story? (e.g. when did you or your ancestors emigrate etc).

I was born in Beaumont, Texas, USA in 1953 but now live in Keithville, LA. My Scot ancestry tracks through my paternal grandfather to a Alexander Breckenridge (1648-1689) from the Ayrshire/Lanarkshire area . His family first moved to Breadalbane under the influence of the Campbell clan and then on to Ulster. He and his son John (and John’s wife) are buried in the Clogher Cathedral cemetery. His grandson, also Alexander born 1686 in Co. Derry, Ulster, emigrated to Philadelphia in 1728 and died 1743 and is buried Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church Cem, Fisherville, Augusta Co, Virginia.

From there my ancestors moved on to the states of Kentucky, Illinois and on to Texas.

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

No one in my family has emigrated though I am currently seeking opportunity to move to Scotland.

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

Here in the USA the Scots and Scot/Irish played an incredible role in the formation of this country and society. In general I think the Scot emigrants are a hearty bunch, self-reliant, independent and fiercely proud.

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

Well it brought to mind a comic comment on the recently popular movie “Happy Feet” about the little penguin who could not sing but could dance. I envision this little guy doing a Scottish dance to the music of the bagpipes!

2 thoughts on “Glen Moyer

  1. The terms you use to describe Scottish emigrants – hearty, self-reliant, independent and fiercely proud – are quite familiar. I’ve read similar descriptions in all sorts of documents, including migrant letters, but also many a newspaper report that praised the Scots as a desired migrant group. So these types of terms are quite enduring.

  2. Just an update – Since completing this, I’ve confirmed that my 8th great-grandfather (paternal) was Robert Gabriell Barnhill, born Glasgow in 1627. Interestingly I learned this while visiting Scotland for the first time in April/May 2014.

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