Coin, Kirk, Class and Kin: Emigration, Social Change and Identity in Southern Scotland

Coin, Kirk, Class and Kin: Emigration, Social Change and Identity in Southern Scotland

by Melodee Beals


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There are many detailed accounts of nineteenth-century emigrants, of their journeys and settlements abroad – but what of those they left behind?
This book delves into the heart of Georgian Britain to explore the role that the men and women of the Scottish Borders played in the mass emigration of the early nineteenth century. Although most never departed themselves, their perceptions of wealth, poverty, morality and community shaped the flow of emigrants from the rural south to the wide and expanding British Empire, as well as its North American rival, the United States. Scouring the records of grand estates, humble Kirks, flamboyant newspapers and family correspondences, the author returns the Scottish Borders to the centre of Scotland’s agricultural, industrial and demographic revolutions. Standing on the sharp edge of rural transformation, the Borders played both archetype and exception, pioneering the way from a regional past to an imperial future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783034302524
Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date: 03/17/2011
Series: British Identities since 1707 Series , #3
Pages: 277
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Melodee Beals is an Academic Coordinator for History at the Higher Education Academy. She received her PhD in Scottish history from the University of Glasgow in 2009.

Table of Contents

Contents: Finding a Place for Sending Communities – The Myth of Clearance – Poverty and the Promise of Emigration – The Established Church v. Emigration – The Kirk and Rural Change – Commercial Ventures – Rumours and Reportage –The Family Economy – Chains of Emigration – Perceptions of Emigration.

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