Scott Perez

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

If you are referring to my family’s reason it is simple. Clan Drummond was on the losing side of the rising. There were also the Highland Clearances, earlier lowland clearances, Scots moving for the promise of greater opportunity in land and standard of living, the British sending Scots to Ireland as a religious and military buffer, sending the Scots to N. America as a buffer against the Native population, the desire to see new places, and as part of the interconnected worldwide economic system.

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

The first group came to the Carolinas after the 45 Rising. Others were Ulster Scots who came over not long after as near as I can trace so far.

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

Some of my ancestors emigrated to France in the 17th and 18th centuries. Others had gone to Ireland and, by legend anyway, to Spain and Holland. Have not had time to really follow up on that. In recent history, everyone has stayed in the US.

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

It is a rich history and legacy but it is too tied up with the history of Great Britain, and Empire, these days. It is good that authors and academic researchers are working at teasing the stories apart.

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

Trying to figure out why Piper Kerr is in what appears to be the Antarctic. Scientific expedition? Personal travel? Or did he just go to play the pipes to penguins?

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  1. Early connection with North America. Love that. Can’t imagine, really, how life might have been then, arriving in the mid-18th century. ‘Rough and ready’ is how one of the New Zealand migrants I investigated referred to early colonial life there.

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