Susan McIntosh

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

The reasons are numerous and diverse and manifest differently across Scottish geographic locations and the centuries that Scots have been wandering away from their own shores and south across the border to England.

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

I live in the mountains of southwestern Colorado. My ancestral immigrants came from Invernesshire to North Carolina in the British army under Cornwallis in 1776. Capture followed arrival and, after the war, my surviving ancestor decided to make a home in America. Each subsequent generation moved further west until my Grandfather made it to Colorado.

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

None of my American family have left American shores … so far.

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

I think Arthur Hermann was not too far off. Perhaps not the inventors of the modern world, but I do think it can be argued, if you are to choose only one legacy, that Scots delivered the modern world to the globe, for good and ill.

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

Everyone deserves to hear a little bagpipe music every now and again.

One thought on “Susan McIntosh

  1. I always tell my students about the gradual move westward of many migrants, so it’s marvellous to read about your family’s personal move west. And yes, everyone does deserve that little bit of bagpipe music once in a while!

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