Clare Galloway

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

I know a lot about my own reasons, and people like me: economics being first and foremost.

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

I currently stay in Italy, and am establishing a business (an arthouse: B&B, gallery and studio) here, that I can be empowered to move back to Scotland. I’ve lived abroad at various points in my adult life, always seeking an easier and more liberated life and work. When I came to Italy in 2011 it was to buy a house for under £10,000 -which has allowed me to build my business, and a sustainable income.

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

Yes, my mum lived in Canada for around 20 years, and my ancestors were pirates :-)

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

I think that our diaspora is our missing talent, intelligence and passion. If we can gain our independence and use our newly found identity, enthusiasm and freedom to reconnect with this diaspora, then we will transform our country, and eventually the world.

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

I think, the piper’s legs must be very cold.

One thought on “Clare Galloway

  1. Pirates – brilliant! Economic reasons were a main reason for many. Have you ever heard about the famous nabobs? This were Scots (and others) who had gone to the Far East to make money, often by somewhat dubious means, but they eventually returned to Scotland. Some of them were amazingly rich, with some filtering a little back into Scotland. The most impressive example of how Scots who had made a fortune overseas funded developments and philanthropic pursuits back in Scotland is that of James Matheson, co-founder of the famous trading company of Jardine, Matheson & Co. Matheson bought the Isle of Lewis for half a million pounds in 1844, built Lews Castle near Stornoway, and, more significantly, provided funds during the highland famine to give support to the local community. But one must not forget that much of Matheson’s wealth came from the Opium trade.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>